During the annual Khokana Festival in Nepal, a 5-6 months old female goat is thrown into a pond and ripped apart while she is still alive. A group of young men enter the pond and attack, bite and tear the goat apart. The man who finally kills the goat is proclaimed a ‘hero’ and leads the dance procession which follows. According to Khokana residents this spectacle provides religious merit, although religious leaders have suggested that animals be replaced by fruits and vegetables to stop the suffering.
The Khokana Festival is held in August. Please ask the authorities to ban this cruel practice and to put an end to animal sacrifice in Nepal!
This practice has been carried out year after year in the name of tradition. Religion and tradition never justify outright torture. Nepal has already acknowledged the adverse effects and abolished a number of traditions, including human sacrifice and widow burning. Some ceremonies in Nepal feature animals skinned alive and even shredded by human teeth. The torture is so extraordinary that some animals die from shock. Religious leaders have proposed fruits and vegetables to substitute animal offerings. It is high time that the government introduces a ban on animal sacrifice and promotes a non-violent culture in Nepal.
Blood rituals have no place in the 21st century or in a civilised society and should be banned immediately. Please put an end to the barbaric killing of goats at the Khokana Festival. Furthermore, I urge the Nepalese government to enact and enforce an Animal Welfare Law that shields animals from all forms of abuse, including ritual sacrifice.