Hindu devotees look on as they travel with a goat in a vehicle ahead of the Gadhimai festival on December 2.
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Mass animal sacrifice begins despite outcry from activists

Updated 9:19 PM ET, Tue December 3, 2019

Hindu devotees look on as they travel with a goat in a vehicle ahead of the Gadhimai festival on December 2.
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The Gadhimai festival, thought to be the largest mass-slaughter of animals on the planet, is underway in Nepal, despite fierce objections from animal rights groups.

The Hindu religious event has been held every five years for the last 260 years in Bariyarpur, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the capital Kathmandu.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the two-day event in the belief that animal sacrifices will please the goddess Gadhimai and bring them good fortune.

But Manoj Gautam, an animal rights activist with Nepal's Jane Goodall Institute, said the religious aspect seems to have been lost in recent years.