Uttarakhand bans transport of sacrificial animals

  • Gadhimai festival
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Uttarakhand bans transport of sacrificial animals

Nov 12, 2014-

The Indian State of Uttarakhand has banned illegal transportation of animals from Uttarakhand’s border districts to Nepal for the upcoming Gadhimai Festival.  

The order putting a ban on illegal movement, especially of buffaloes and cows, was issued on Wednesday with instructions to the superintendents of police and magistrates of districts bordering Nepal, according to Principal Secretary (Home) M H Khan and Principal Secretary Ranveer Singh.

The government’s ban is in compliance with the Indian Supreme Court order last month which directed the Union of India, and the state governments of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal, from where a majority of the animals are transported to Nepal.

Last week, the Indian Supreme Court had directed state governments, the solicitor general and activists to prepare a road map for implementing the order.  

 The Chief Secretary also held a meeting with India’s Armed Border Forces, which guards the porous border to ensure total implementation of the ban.

Almost 70 percent of the animals to be slaughtered at the sacrificial ritual come from the aforementioned Indian states. The sacrifice falls on November 28 and 29 when a slew of buffaloes, rats, snakes, goats, mice will be slaughtered to appease the Goddess Gadhimai in Barayapur of Bara district.

The Nepal government, with feedback from animal welfare groups, has finalised an action plan, which lays out a plan for proper management during the sacrifice. It has a mandate for setting up a sufficient number of animal health inspection posts to inspect animals that come in, along with post sacrifice management.

Published: 13-11-2014 09:10

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