‘This inhumane event is not part of the mainstream Hindu faith.
‘It is little more than a bloodlust which allows people to revel in the gory deaths of thousands of terrified creatures.’
This is my second post concerning this horrific slaughter of half a million helpless animals which is due to take place in Nepal on November 28th and 29th. You can read this first entry here:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/stop-the-gadhimai-festival/ – Please note it would be better to take the latest actions below rather than those included in the above page.
This barbaric slaughter is funded by the Nepalese government to the tune of over £32,000, which is the sum paid last time in 2009 for the animals to be sacrificed.
Here is a 2009 eye-witness account from Asia for Animals coalition:
The animals were not provided with any water and food in the days before the sacrifice. Many young animals had in fact already died from stress, exhaustion and dehydration before the killings started. Their bodies were left among the live animals. Everyone could kill anything, with whatever knife or sword. Many animals died an unbearable slow and violent death because the butcher was inexperienced and the knives were not sharpened properly. Thousands of buffalo were standing in an enclosure when butchers holding swords started hacking randomly at the animals. Some heads could be severed in one cut; in other cases, it took the butchers a long time to kill the buffalo. No one was holding the animals – many tried to escape. Baby buffaloes were bleating and searching for their mothers. Soon they were walking around in a pool of blood. They were hunted down by the butchers. Needless to say, not a single animal survived the bloodbath. After witnessing the suffering inflicted on these gentle, loyal animals, I feel deeply upset and ashamed of my country.
If you are not convinced of the shocking brutality Enter Gadhimai festival in Google’s images or other search engine. I was going to include a selection of photos here but feel it may put off sensitive people from reading further. Frankly if you do not find the images shockingly distressing you are in the minority.
Please Take Urgent Action
There are a number of actions you can take. Please take as many as possible. All Actions may be taken by anyone anywhere in the world.
Compassion in World Farming CWF and Animal Welfare Network Nepal have made a huge effort to campaign against this festival in an attempt to get it stopped. Please support them.
The simplest and quickest action is to sign the following petition – But please do not stop there:
The Nepalese Government provides significant funding, which makes this festival possible at its terrifying scale. In 2009 the Government paid over £32,000 for animals to be sacrificed. That’s almost 50 times the minimum Nepalese annual wage. We are calling on the Nepalese government to stop this funding. Please join us and sign our petition!
http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=29144&ea.tracking.id=79a6928a&gclid=CIrVx9C40sECFWL4wgodm4EA_A – Scroll down the page of this petition for more action you can take or click the following link. (You will find more petitions further down)
Please take the following action for a more powerful protest by downloading the action pack:
In the pack you will find five activities you can undertake to support CWFs
1. The Petition
In this pack is a blank petition sheet, please ask your friends and family to
sign, then send it back to us by September 30th at the latest.
(The deadline for the print out paper petition has been missed but you can still take part in on-line petition and the other actions below.)
2. Visa Application
A blank Nepal Visa application form is enclosed and an example of how
you could fill it out. Feel free to also add your own comments at the
bottom. We need you to let the Nepalese Embassy know you will not be
visiting Nepal until this festival is stopped. (If you are not a resident of the
UK, you may wish to download a visa application from the Nepalese
Embassy in your country)
3. Letter to the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism in Nepal
Three letters are enclosed which you can sign and send. If you are able to
personalize your letter, or hand-write your letter this will help to make
sure more attention is paid to it when it arrives with it’s recipient.
4. Tell your friends and families
Not many people know about this festival and that’s part of the reason it
has gone on relatively unchallenged for so long. We must spread the
word, so please let your friends and family know and encourage them to
take action too.
5. Additional campaign letters
You may also like to write to some additional contacts to campaign on
this issue. If you do, you will find some additional names and contact
addresses enclosed within this pack
Extract from the Action pack which you can download:
Please take action as soon as possible, particularly if writing letters. I wrote last time to government officials. However last time there was not the support to get this stopped as there is this time round. This time if we spread the word as widely as possible we may be able to stop this cruel festival that has no place in the modern world or as a part of Hinduism. It is an anachronism of a bygone age used by unscrupulous people to make money. These people prey on the superstitious dread of gullible people.
Maneka Gandhi, an Indian politician and activist, is outspoken in her disapproval of the tradition. She has explained that many villagers refuse to end the slaughter for fear that they will dishonor the goddess of power, called Gadhimai. In addition, Gandhi explained that the festival is an incredibly profitable enterprise for priests, moneylenders, and animal sellers, who have incentive only to continue the inhumane practice out of greed.
More Actions to take
Stop animal sacrifice Gadhimai Festival Nepal mass animal sacrifice
End Gadhimai: The World’s Largest Animal Sacrifice
“We urge you to do all you can to encourage the Nepalese government to stop this slaughter.”
A sample letter to send to Nepalese Embassies and a petition:
ACT: The Killing Fields – End Animal Sacrifice In Nepal:
More information and more action including a sample letter and Nepalese embassy addresses in a number of countries:
Click this link to contact your local Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country:
To the disgrace of the Nepalese government, the brutal killing of over half a million animals at the Gadhimai Festival in 2009 was sponsored by the country’s Government. Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha, a religion revered throughout the world as a religion of peace and non violence. Nepal is predominately Hindu, according to the 2011 census, 81.3% of the Nepalese population was Hindu, 9.0% was Buddhist, 4.4% was Muslim, 3.0% was Kirant/Yumaist, 1.42% was Christian, and 0.9% follow other religions or no religion. There is no place in Hinduism or Buddhism that allows for or condones or demands such barbarity.Compassion in World Farming say the mass killing is opposed by the global Hindu community and that there is no religious justification for it.
The Nepalese Hindu Forum UK completely opposes animal sacrifice as Hinduism does not sanction the killing of living beings… There should not be any place for this inhumane, barbaric sacrifice of innocent animals in the name of any religion.
Surya Upadhya, Chairman
Furthermore Nepal is a secular state predominately socialist/communist. There is no place in communism for superstitious belief. The fact that the Nepalese government support such barbarous festivals based on primitive superstition is incongruous to say the least.
To avoid any misunderstanding Please Note:
The Gadhimai Festival is Not a part of mainstream Hinduism. Please read more about this in the following link from my website:
Scroll down to the section
What Has The Gadhimai Festival Got to do With Hinduism
End Nepal’s festival of slaughter: Joanna Lumley calls for ban on sacrifice of 250,000 animals to Hindu goddess
“I love Nepal – both the land and its people.
‘The Gadhimai festival entails horrendous suffering and is a complete anomaly in this wonderful country.’”
Two articles from my website concerning the last festival in 2009:
Stop the Gadhimai Festival