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120-Year-Old Tradition of Animal Sacrifice Ends After 12 Year Battle

120-Year-Old Tradition of Animal Sacrifice Ends After 12 Year Battle


Bijaya Kumar Kabi of Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA)

Every year, Rajo Sankranti (a mass festival in Odisha, India) is a feast day for the villagers of Srirampur and its neighboring villages under the Pattamundai police limit, where hundreds of animals are killed for the Deity Maa Ramchandi, Srirampur. The Deity’s temple is situated on the campus of  a school with 428 students who bear witness annually to hundreds of animals being killed by s slaughterer (ghatak). The innocent kids, ranging from 5 to 13 years old, are shocked by the event every year. Thanks to Jilla Pashubali Pratirodha Mancha, there was a district level forum for the prevention of animal sacrifice and the animal welfare organization Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA). Jointly we have been campaigning for abolition of this heinous superstitious tradition for the last decade. Fortunately this year, just a few days ago, the animal sacrifices were completely stopped.

Education is a critical part of any animal welfare reform initiative.

Police arrested one slaughterer named Chaitany Rana of nearby village Damarpur and our volunteers along with some village youth started an awareness campaign, distributing leaflets and picketing in front of the temple. Together we brought 120 years of tradition to a close.

We would like to thank the district administration, local tahasildar Mr.Pabitramohan Dash, IIC police station pattamundai Mr. Amitav Mohapatra and the village youth for their timely cooperation. Last year more than 320 animals were sacrificed in that place, and now the bloodshed has ended.

Brought to you by the Harmony Fund international animal rescue squads.


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6:15AM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

Really glad that this horrible massaker on many animals stopped forever.

6:44AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Strange name that guy has "Shaitan", this word is derived from the word Sheitan, which means Satan in Arab. So good he was arrested ! A god who demands sacrifice is nothing but a demon !
Thanks to all those courageous people who year after year have endlessly continued the fight ! I'm so glad for all those lives saved !

1:25PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Wonderful news! Thanks for posting.

8:53PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Good news, Thank you!!

1:33PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

I cannot adequately say how absolutely ecstatic I am at this news... When one signs petitions constantly as I do this is like hearing God applaud the actions of those closely involved. Congratulations to Jilla Pashubali Pratirodha Mancha, and the animal welfare organization Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA). Also, to the police in the district who have already arrested an individual. Let this be a lesson to the those who will not listen to the law.

11:41AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

oh this is so awesome! :)

11:59AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

good news thank you

4:59PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

I don't see any reason whatsoever to "respect" tradition or cultures. Human cultures haven't done anything that deserves being respected Those depraved and garbage human traditions and cultures are the reason why this planet is dying today from greed, pollution and overpopulation.

10:41AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Shared the good news on facebook, thanks for that!
Now it is our task to stop the ritual slaughter in the name of "religion" in other countries like mine, the Netherlands....

12:21PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

These so called "traditions" are barbaric and cruel. I hope to live to see the day when all animal abuse, torture and murder ceases to occur.

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