Nepal Suffers Shortage of Sacrificial Goats

Country running short of goats ahead of major Hindu festival
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2009 3:52 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Baa-ad news. Nepal is facing a severe shortage of sacrificial goats ahead of one of the Hindu calendar's biggest festivals, the BBC reports. Officials are searching the countryside for as many as 4,000 goats to buy and bring to Kathmandu ahead of the Dashain festival, in which goats are ritually slaughtered to appease the goddess Durga. The government blames the shortage on China exporting fewer goats to Nepal, causing prices to skyrocket.