|Stop the slaughter of Gadhimai Festival once and for all! Save the animals!|
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News was reported around the world on Tuesday that one of the world's bloodiest religious ceremonies was being ended. The festival at the Hindu temple in Bariyarpur in Nepal sees tens of thousands of animals sacrificed to the goddess Gadhimai, and always provokes international outrage. The announcement that sacrifices were now banned was greeted with delight by animal activists - but then the temple's chairman said it was not true. "Devout Hindus could be requested not to offer animal sacrifice to the goddess, but they could not be forced not to do so - nor [could] the tradition be banned or stopped completely," he told the BBC, adding "Nothing will change as far as the tradition of offering animal sacrifice during the festival is concerned. Things will not change no matter what the four [in the delegation] do or say. It's our age-old tradition."
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