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Gadhimai fair: 271 cattle seized
Nov 20, 2014-
Authoriteis in Bihar, India, have seized 271 cattle along the India-Nepal border ahead of the Gadhimai fair, which is observed every five years at Bariyapur village of Bara district in Nepal by sacrificing thousands of animals.
According to Humane Society International, India, the animals were being
transported to Nepal for Gadhimai. Around 70 percent of the animals that are sacrificed during the fair come from India.
Last month, Indian Supreme Court had passed an interim order, directing the government of India to prevent animals from being illegally transported across the border during the Gadhimai fair. The court had also asked the animal protection groups and concerned state agencies to devise an action plan to ensure that the order was implemented.
NG Jayasimha, managing director of Humane Society International, India, said they are hopeful that the number of animals slaughtered during the Gadhimai fair will decline this time.
Meanwhile, Gita Prasad Dahal of Nepal Animal Welfare and Research Centre, and Advocate Ram Krishna Banjara filed a petition at the Supreme Court on Thursday, demanding that the animals imported from India be put through quarantine.
The petition also draws the court’s attention towards the failure of the authorities to implement the provision in which the person making the offering of animal to a temple should take the remains with them.
The hearing on the case is scheduled for Sunday. Defendants in the petition include Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health and Population, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, District Administration Office, Bara, and Gadhimai Temple Governing Board.
Published: 21-11-2014 09:46