Dashain is a fifteen day Hindu festival which celebrates the triumph of the Gods over wicked demons. It’s popular in Nepal. Animal sacrifices involving goats, buffaloes, sheep and chickens are made to the Goddess Durga in the hope that this will bring good fortune. This year a Nepalese animal rights group has organised protests against this practice. Many religions believe in animal sacrifice, but can animal suffering really be justified in the name of God?
Dishebh is in Nepal and has given up sacrificing animals during Dashain. Here’s why.
‘Primitive, barbaric practices such as animal sacrifice should not be tolerated in this country where people follow several religions that preach compassion to animals,’ writes Sathva Mithra from India.
But this blogger asks all those who criticise animal sacrifice one question: if animal practice is wrong, why is it ok to eat meat? Is it an age old practice that has no place in modern society?