Drone photo permits body count
Debate about the numbers of buffalo sacrificed at the November 27, 2014 Gadhi Mai sacrificial festival at Bariyarpur, Nepal and the numbers of human participants and sacrificial devotees present should be ended by this drone photo of the corrals where the sacrifices were conducted: the toll was significantly lower than the numbers of cattle slaughtered almost every day to supply the meat-eaters of most major cities in the world, including the largest cities in India, where slaughtering cows is illegal in most of the nation, but slaughtering buffalo is permitted.
Starting with an enlarged copy of a Humane Society International drone photo posted to Facebook, said by protesters to show 5,000 buffalo, ANIMALS 24-7 editor Merritt Clifton counted the buffalo in sets of 100, differentiated by color to help minimize the risk of counting errors.
Seven hundred buffalo could be relatively clearly distinguished, with perhaps 50 more huddled in the farthest corner of the corral from the drone. The numbers of participants and spectators present appear to be only marginally more than the numbers of buffalo sacrificed.
Video from the 2009 Gadhi Mai sacrificial festival suggests that as many as 2,500 buffalo were sacrificed then. Both protesters and the priests promoting the festival have claimed that it involves numbers from 10 to 200 times higher.
(See also: Ignoring Thanksgiving massacre, HSUS president Wayne Pacelle denounces animal sacrifice in Nepal; Supreme Court of India ruling covers tracks on Gadhi Mai sacrifice; Exposing the truth of the Gadhi Mai sacrificial slaughter; Books shed light on sacrifice in Nepal; and The origin of the Gadhi Mai sacrifice.)
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