The Himachal Pradesh High Court has banned animal sacrifices for religious reasons in the state after several petitions were presented by animal rights activists.

“No person will sacrifice any animal in any place of worship. It includes adjoining lands and buildings,” judges Rajiv Sharma and Sureshwar Thakur ruled on Monday.

“Compassion is basic tenets in all religions. The practice of animal sacrifice requires to be curbed,” order added. “Its continuation must change in modern era.”

“Sacrifice causes immense pain and suffering to innocent animals. They cannot be permitted to be sacrificed to appease a god or deity in a barbaric manner.”

There are many large-scale animal sacrifices everywhere in India throughout the year where mainly goats, sheep, pigs are sacrificed and sometimes also wild animals.

“During October and November it is due to the Dussera and Kali festivals. January to April it is due to harvest season. And then there are many different kinds of “jataras” throughout the year. The list is endless,” explains the Visakha Society for the Protection and Care of Animals.

“These sacrifices are extreme sadism. To illustrate just one: a piglet, upside-down, is impaled on a spear fixed to the ground and slowly lowered down the spear. The higher the pitch of the animal screams the better they say it is for their village and harvest.”

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