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article imageCourt in India bans animal sacrifice

By Owen Weldon     Sep 2, 2014 in World
On Monday, a court in northern India banned a tradition of sacrificing animals for religious purposes. The court deemed the practice as cruel and barbaric.
According to The Guardian, the high court, located in Himachal Pradesh, asked law enforcement agents and other officials to enforce the ban throughout the state.
The court mentioned revelations that have been made about how thousands of animals are sacrificed every single year for religious purposes, and that these sacrifices are done in a way that causes immense pain and suffering, therefore it cannot be permitted any longer.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012, three different people filed petitions regarding animal sacrifice. All three petitions were disposed of, and the court ended up basing its order on the petition that was filed by Sonali Purewal in 2012, According to Times Of India.
The order stated that "compassion is basic tenets in all religions," and that the practice of sacrificing animals had to be curbed.
Animal rights activists applauded the ruling, and said it was long overdue. Rajeshwar Negi, a local activist, said that they welcome the ban.
Maheshwar Singh, a lawmaker in the state, said that the court's ruling was a judgement against the customs of many people.
Goats and sometimes sheep are sacrificed when winter begins. The aim of the sacrifice is to please Hindu deities.
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