Ruthless Killing of Animals

Ruthless Killing of Animals

Ruthless Killing of Animals

By Arya Mohapatra

The ruthless sacrificing of animals during religious ceremonies has been banned in India, yet a lot of traumatic deeds are being carried out in our country every moment. Though this act was taken in 2017, the old age tradition very much continues. In southern Indian states such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala, this agonizing event takes places annually in front of local deities probably in order to please the deities for favourable grants and material gains.

An age old tradition which had its origins since time immemorial continues illegally now under an imposed ban by the Supreme Court. Some of the earliest animal sacrifices are known to evolve from the prehistoric Egyptians. Animal sacrifices were carried out in ancient times in India though Hindu scriptures like the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita forbade animal sacrifice. A myth goes that sorcerers carried out this practice in order to increase their magical abilities.

There's a Goddess in Kalahandi, Odisha, India whose is named Manikeswari, to please whom a festival, Chhatra Yatra is celebrated where more than 50,000 animals are slaughtered; though the government has banned the ritual killing of animals during ceremonies for religious purposes, the devotees still don't follow that rule. This shows the indignation and deliberate ignorance for the government laws and rules on the part of the devotees who are superstitious enough to sacrifice more than 50,000 animals just for a celebration supposedly in order to please the Goddess Manikeswari.

Animal sacrifice should be stopped for the killing of innocent animals to please Gods, doesn't seem to be a very sensible thing to do. The superstitions of the people drive them to do such inhumane things which should be ceased by all costs.