Fact Check: Old Photo Shared As Peacocks Killed For Janmashtami

The Logical Indian Fact check team investigates the claim that peacocks were killed in light of Janmashtami.

Tamil Nadu   |   13 Aug 2020 8:07 AM GMT
Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Old Photo Shared As Peacocks Killed For Janmashtami

The birth of Krishna or Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival. This year, Janmashtami was celebrated on August 11. In the backdrop of this, a set of photographs showing injured peacocks are being circulated.

The text accompanying the post asks whether the peacock feathers are more important than their lives during Janmashtami. Further, the post asks why only the sacrifice of goats is hyped during Eid and not this.

The Logical Indian received a request to verify the claims.


Peacocks were killed in light of Janmashtami.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

A simple google reverse search led to a report by The Quint which carried the viral photos.

According to the report which was published on August 4, 2018, the residents of a neighbourhood in Marudhankulam, Madurai had found carcasses of peacocks strewn all over the ground.

Reportedly, a woman found 34 peacocks and 9 peahens dead.

Forest officials had suspected that rice grains mixed with poisonous substances led to the incident. However, residents had informed that there were no agricultural fields nearby.

The report added that rice grains were seen strewn all over the ground.

"Around 70 peacocks used to come every morning. They would not leave until we give them food. Some seven years ago only a few came. Over the course of years, 70 to 80 peacocks started visiting," The Times of India quoted one of the residents, P O Raja, as saying.

Therefore, the photos are from an earlier incident which is unrelated to Janmashtami.

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Claim Review :  Peacocks were killed in light of Janmashtami.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  True
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

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Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

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