Dehradun : The practice of animal slaughter which is in vogue in quite a few temples of Uttarakhand is slowly but surely being given a go-by as animal lovers and the concerned authorities are trying to convince the masses that slaughtering animals does not appease the deity and it can be well done without.
After a few temples in the higher reaches of the state where the practice of slaughtering male buffaloes and goats was in vogue on certain auspicious days of the year quit the practice due to efforts by various sections, the latest to do so are the people of Anarwala village in the outskirts of the state capital.
On Saturday, goats had to be sacrificed at the Bhadrakali temple at the village, but the district authorities and members of the society for prevention of cruelty to animals intervened.
A large police force was also put up and though devotees did come to the temple with goats, they were persuaded not to slaughter them. It took some convincing but the devotees finally agreed.
In fact may of them left the animals at the temple as an offering to the deity, leaving it to the members of the temple management committee as to what to do with them. Yet others took the animals back with them.
A positive outcome of the exercise was the motivation of the youth of Anarwala village and those in its immediate vicinity to put in their efforts to stop the practice of animal slaughter in the temples of the state.
The youth of the area decided to form teams and go to the various temples where animals are slaughtered to convince the villagers of the region to give up the practice.