Ever heard the cows killing a pig? But it does happen and they are made to do so at the behest and command of their keepers. Such a practice is in vogue since ages mostly organised by Yadava families in a locality known as Gokul Nagri near the Dhopeshwar Nath Temple in Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh, India). Modus operandi of the ritual is to capture a pig tying its legs with a tight rope tossing the hapless animal to fall in front of a cows herd arranged for the purpose who gore and batter it to death using their horns. The dogma that supports the ritual is the story that “When Lord Krishna lifted the Goverdhan Parvat on his finger to protect his people from the wrath of rain god Indra, he kept the mountain in the air for seven days. All animals and humans took shelter beneath the hill. However, one day a demon named Tarkasur disguised himself and attacked Lord Krishna, who was already holding aloft the Goverdhan Parbat. Later, Krishna ordered the cows underneath the Goverdhan to fight Tarkasur who had taken the form of a pig. Since then this fight is replayed and organised every where….”
Life is the same for a man, a woman, an animal, a priest or any live being and killing an innocent soul is nothing short of a ghastly crime, be it a ritual of some religion or the other or any thing else. Where are the animal activists?