The Gadhimai temple had issued a contract to one Dhirender Singh, with an aim to earn total amount of NRs1,60,00,000 from the hide and the bones (NRs.1600 per large animal). The meat of the sacrificed animals was to be exported to countries like China, Malaysia, etc but the Dalit community members piled as many carcasses as they could lay their hands on, to claim as theirs.
Because of the orders issued by the Government of India and its implementation efforts, the number of animals at the sacrificial ground witnessed a heavy dip. The temple committee was expecting to slaughter 10,000 buffaloes but managed to slaughter not more than 2000. The temple committee was unable to make money off the meat and the contractor who was to pay NRs NRs1,60,00,000 to them fled because the number of animals were very less. Because of this the contractor incurred a huge loss and the temple committee did not receive the payments.
This indeed is the beginning of the end of animal sacrifice. We are dedicated now more than ever to end the sacrifice of animals at Gadhimai festival.