We have a weird traditionâ€”killing animals in the name of God. I think, it is more of an excuse to eat meat than worshiping â€“ in the time when non-vegetarian dishes werenâ€™t so common. Isnâ€™t it time to accept the reality that gods don’t eat meat?
In the eve of notorious Gadhimai Mela, a two day religious event, to be held from November 22, the issue of animal sacrifice is raised in every parts of Nepal. The mela is held at Bariyapur VDC of Bara district, every five years. Millions of people from India and Nepal come to the place to sacrifice thousands of animals. The â€œBuddha Boyâ€ Ram Bahadur Bomjan who is meditating nearby in the jungle asked the organizers and the local authorities to stop such inhuman activities.
Thousands of buffalos waiting to be sacrificed
Stopping an age old tradition would certainly bring chaos. For a place like Bariyapur, the Mela is a sole identity to the outside world. The Mela also means a rare business opportunity and wide exposure for local people. They would certainly want the event to be held and they wouldnâ€™t see any wrong in the age old tradition in which they were brought up. Reducing the number of sacrifices would certainly pave way to a sacrifice-less Mela in future.
I believe campaigns against sacrifices like teaching school children, advertising in local media, posters etc. against animal sacrifice would be more beneficial. The Buddha boy could have made a long-term plan rather than trying to stop it at once. But, in a news he was quoted as telling he will go to the mela himself to stop the sacrifice. It looks like the government is going to resist the protest by deploying 1,150 police personnel of the Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, besides other mobile teams, for the security of the pilgrims.
It is not the Buddha boy alone â€“ many animal rights activist are campaigning against such a practice. Animal Nepal is protesting against the mela and has also created an online petition. As of writing this post, there are 3598 signatures in the petition against Nepal Government to stop the Mela. If you think the Nepal Government should act against such sacrifices please add your name in the petition.