Live from the field abroad- ARM, just moments ago, has stepped out of a grueling 48 hour investigation expos`e and has obtained never before seen footage of the world’s most surreal animal sacrifice festival, Eid-Al-Adha. Warning: Graphic Content involving epic animal abuse and torture.
ARM’s exclusive mission to Dhaka – the bustling capital of Bangladesh, began on August 16, 2018, when ARM’s investigative team embarked into an unknown world to document and expose one of the most dangerous and barbaric animal sacrifice rituals executed worldwide.
This is the first time that any animal protection agency has ever exposed the severity of this epic country’s sacrificial event.
Eid-Al-Adha, otherwise referred to as the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’, is a Centuries-old bloody ritual and sacred festival which is considered to be one of the most holiest of animal sacrifice ceremonies on the Muslim calendar. Celebrated worldwide, this event commemorates the willingness of the prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son at God’s request. In the final moments, the slaughter of a goat was granted in return for the safety of Abraham’s son. This religious message is what has led to the desensitized place of animals for ‘offerings’ and slaughter every day in Bangladesh and other countries worldwide who practice this religion and belief system. Learn more about Eid-Al-Adha by clicking here.
In 2018, the main slaughter day took place today, August 22nd. According to a statement released by the Bangladesh Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock prior to the ceremonies, an estimated 14 million animals were killed and sacrificed. This included the 11.6 million heads of cattle who were specifically transported in from local farmers.
In addition to these incomprehendable numbers, countless animals were also smuggled into Bangladesh from neighboring countries, such as India. Desperate measures were made to bring animals into the country to take part in this highly celebrated annual event, including reports of cattle being catapulted over the border crossings.
Approximately 2954 sacrifice sites were designated for these ceremonies, in Dhaka alone where ARM has been on scene documenting the highly anticipated event. These sites ranged from being held within peoples houses, to the frantic slaughtering on the streets and roads throughout the various city zones of Dhaka.
Prior to the main ‘slaughtering’ day of Eid-Al-Adha, buffalos, goats, sheep, cows and camels were being transported continually by boat and land, to expansive cattle markets where animals were being sold for sacrificial purposes.
On August 19th, ARM entered into Gabtoli – the largest cattle trading market in Bangladesh. Footage obtained by ARM depicted animals being tethered tightly on short ropes, many near death and strangling themselves. ARM witnessed animals being given sedatives and a multitude of other injections. Animals with newborn babies were plentiful throughout the market as their grave futures lay pending just mere days away.
For the Eid-Al-Adha slaughtering, animals were being sold to customers for sacrificial ‘gift’ purposes, and fetched exorbitant prices. An average goat price soared to USD $500 plus. Camels and prize possession bulls (shipped from Texas, USA), demonstrate social and wealth status, and reported as costing on average from USD $20,000 to specialty-bred cows of over USD $35,000. One of the bulls that ARM documented at the Gabtoli Cattle market stood well over 10ft tall. ARM also witnessed two camels that were waiting to be sold for the most regal of ceremonies.
In the United States or Western countries, killing an animal, whilst sensible to pain like this – is considered to be a serious animal cruelty charge of a felony degree.
With little to no animal protection laws in India and Bangladesh, this stands as a leading reason to why ARM works tirelessly to expose the abuse of animals, in particular farm or ‘livestock’ animals, who have the least protection worldwide.
The Eid-Al-Adha stands as one of the most primitive and chaotic religious animal sacrifice festivals in the world. In 2016, it became infamous after monsoon rainstorms caused the city to flood, turning the water and streets into flowing rivers of blood from the carcasses and entrails of millions of animals who had been freshly slaughtered.
Straight out of the scene, ARM’s experience was referenced in an article from the Guardian Newspaper in 2017, as being a ‘post-apocalyptic experience of mass violence’. The event was celebrated and rejoiced in the streets by every age. Even children played and danced barefoot in the blood of freshly slaughtered animals.
For updated images and details, please visit ARM’s website and social media pages for footage that uncovers and exposes this unimaginable animal sacrifice event.