Posted by: kinshipcircle | November 22, 2009

NEPAL’S KILLING FIELDS – STOP MASS ANIMAL SACRIFICE

11/21/09: Nepal’s Killing Fields

Stop Mass Animal Sacrifice 11/24-25
The Gadhimai occurs NOVEMBER 24-25, 2009. If you can’t write by then, STILL
SEND COMMENTS
. This event recurs every 5 years and should be outlawed.


As many as half a million animals like this Nepalese rooster, buffalo and
goat are knifed to death for the Gadhimai Jatra — a festival to commemorate
the Hindu goddess of power in Bara, Nepal.

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Rt. Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal
Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers
Singh Durbar / P.O. Box: 23312 / Kathmandu, Nepal
ph: 977-1-4211000; email: info@opmcm.gov.np

Mr. Sharat Singh Bhandari, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation
Ministry of  Tourism  & Civil Aviation
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
fax: 977 1 4211758; email: info@tourism.gov.np, tourismnp@gmail.com

Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations
820 Second Avenue, Suite 17B / New York, NY 10017
ph: 212-370-3988/3989; fax: 212-953-2038
email: nepal@un.int

Embassy of the Kingdom of Nepal In USA
2131 Leroy Place, N.W. / Washington D.C., 20008
ph: 1-202-667 4550; fax: 1-202-667 5534
email: nepali@erols.com, lumbini@erols.com

TO LOOK UP NEPAL EMBASSIES & CONSULATES IN OTHER COUNTRIES, TRY:
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http://www.immi.gov.np/location.php

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nepali@erols.com, lumbini@erols.com

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Honorable Prime Minister and Officials of Nepal:

Animal cruelty cannot hide behind religion or tradition in the 21st Century.
Yet on November 24-25, 2009 the Gadhimai Jatra festival in Bara, Nepal
justifies the massacre of hundreds of thousands of pigs, chickens, rats,
goats, and pigeons as “sacrifice” to the Hindu goddess of power, Gadhimai.

This semi-annual bloodbath alienates potential tourists, like myself, who
object to a society that condones the senseless brutalization of animals.
Furthermore, it desensitizes your own children, teaching them to ignore
suffering and celebrate violence.

Please ban blood festivals. I urge the Nepalese government to enforce
stronger animal protection laws that shield animals from all forms of abuse,
including grotesque rituals such as the Gadhimai Fair.

As you know, the two-day contest involves men armed with knives who vie to
slaughter the most animals. Contestants are awarded a fee for each kill.
Death does not come quickly. Based on the “panchhbali” (five offerings),
competitors slit the throats of five different species. Buffalo take so long
to die that sword-bearing men cut them apart, starting with their back legs.

I’m shocked that Nepalese officials not only allow this festival, but also
pay to confine thousands of buffalo before it begins. Religious leaders have
proposed fruits and vegetables in place of animal sacrifice. I respectfully
ask you to embrace this nonviolent alternative and/or do everything within
your power to permanently cancel the Gadhimai festival.

Different cultures may not understand each other’s customs, but all rational
humans comprehend cruelty. The world recognizes the Gadhimai Jatra as
outright animal torture. It’s time that Nepal’s government does too.

Sincerely,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Ask Nepal to prevent animal cruelty during the Gadhimai Jatra festival
http://www.hsus.org/hsi/confronting_cruelty/animal_cruelty_around_the_world/gadhimai_festival_112009.html
‘The mass sacrifice of animals is barbaric’
http://www.guardianweekly.co.uk/?page=editorial&id=1352&catID=9
Stop world’s largest animal killing fair in Nepal
http://www.sindhtoday.net/news/1/66745.htm
Campaign to stop animal sacrifice in Nepal
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/campaign-to-stop-animal-sacrifice-in-nepal
PHOTO SOURCES: Rooster – Judith Picciotto/Citizen Image; Buffalo – (c) ogimogi/flickr
http://tanfouk.livejournal.com; Goat – http://www.animalrightsnepal.org

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Responses

  1. this creates doubt as to whether there is any validity in yoga or eastern philosophy , because they do animal sacrifice – and how can they have such terribly evil animal sacrifice of such large number – this is the worst I have ever heqrd of ; & – this is why there are earthquakes in asia .
    these are wrong people -all the animals should be compensated & healed.
    anything wrong done to animals will result in disease, leprosy & disasters.
    I notice that even certain humans are set up for death by psycho-occult , among even yoga fraternities & so on , in cities worldwide .


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