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9 Oct 2014

SC asks Govt. to check illegal movement of animal to Nepal

17.10.2014 (UNI) A Supreme Court single Bench headed by Justice Jagdish Singh Kehar, today passed an interim order, directing the Union of India to check the illegal movement of animals across the border to Nepal, in violation of the Export-Import Policy of India and the Foreign Trade Act.
This order was passed in response to a writ petition seeking urgent directions preventing lakhs of animals from illegal transportation across the Indo-Nepal border to be sacrificed at the Gadhimai Festival, scheduled to be held on November 28 to 29.

The Festival is held in Nepal every 5 years and involves the barbaric ritual sacrifice of 5,00,000 animals including water buffaloes, sheep, pigs, rats, pigeons and chickens over a two day period, the Humane Society International (HSI) statement said in Kolkata.

Justice Kehar observed that the sacrifice of animals at the Gadhimai Festival was ‘demeaning and cruel’. He questioned the Counsel appearing for the Union of India on measures taken to prevent such brutal treatment being meted out to India’s animals, referring to the fact that 70 per cent of the animals which are sacrificed at the festival come from India. UNI