Something to Restore Your Faith in the Human Capacity to do Good.

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After the horror of Gadhimai and not forgetting of course the continuing exploitation, torture and barbarity of the factory farming system and the killing of billions of sentient beings in abattoirs and other abuses to animals, it’s time perhaps to focus on something positive and renew our often dwindling faith in the human capacity for so much good.

Please though continue to take the suggested actions to help stop the Gadhimai festival ever happening again by clicking the following link which is updated frequently:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/in-memory-of-the-helpless-animals-sacrificed-at-the-gadhimai-festival/

Please now watch the very moving videos below. Despite the overwhelming cruelty that seems to pervade the entire world there are millions of people who condemn the rampant abuse and exploitation of animals that we are presented with day after day. I have more visits, likes and comments for blog entries concerning animals than I have for any other issue. So yes there are overwhelming numbers of people who love animals and most people wouldn’t deliberately harm another creature. It’s the minority that are involved in harming other animals and that has to stop, but today lets focus on the good that we do.

Warning: You might want to have a box of tissues handy!

The first video shows people rescuing animals often at risk to their own safety

Restore your faith in humanity in 4 minutes flat

Published on Jul 22, 2014

If you’re ever worried about losing faith in humankind, despair not: here is the antidote. Cue happy tears…

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

Check out the following video from Animals Australia which shows acts of kindness towards ducks sometimes with the possibility of personal risk.

People Being Awesome

Though the aim is to lobby Victorian Labor Party to support an end to duck shooting in the upcoming state elections, it shows humans at their best. Do read more about this campaign:
SaveOurDucks.com

The Very Touching Rescue of a Pit Bull Living in a Ditch

You may cry and then you may smile. You may be filled with sadness and then happiness. That’s what you get when you watch this heartwrenching, inspiring rescue of a Pit Bull named Nala. Truly a beautiful and moving video. (EldadHagar.com)

Paralysed dog rescued, watch her amazing recovery! Please share

Published on Feb 12, 2014 Yamuna is an Indian street dog who was hit by a car and left dragging her hind legs unable to stand. Watch what happened within just a few weeks of physical therapy andlove.Donate to help save the lives of rescued animals in India: http://www.animalaidunlimited.com

 

 

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In Memory Of the Helpless Animals Sacrificed at the Gadhimai Festival.

This Page may be updated over the next few days.

Updated 30th November

This barbaric festival has ended but please take the actions below to stop it ever happening again

One is dearest to God who has no enemies among the living beings, who is nonviolent to all creatures.
Bhagavad Gita

Please spare a thought for the 50,000 animals who during  28th and the 29th November were brutally slain in the name of barbarity, primitive fear and greed.

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Never kill any animals even for the purpose of sacrifice. Non-violence is the greatest of all religions.
Swami Sahajanand, Divine Life Society

I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection by man from the cruelty of man.
Mahatma Gandhi

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During November 28th and 29th 500,000 helpless animals were ritualistically and inhumanely slaughtered at the Gadhimahi festival in Nepal. Despite the best efforts of animal rights activists including Compassion in World farming   , Animal Welfare Network Nepal,  PETA  Jan Donovan’s TweetstormAsia For Animals  and countless thousands of people acting independently this hideous festival began during the early hours of Friday morning. It did not stop until all the animals are killed in the most hideous manner possible, sometimes hacked to pieces such as buffalo whose legs are cut from underneath them before beheading, often with a blunt weapon by an inexperienced person. As witnessed on one occassion in 2009 it can take as many as twenty attempts to sever the head, the suffering is unimaginable.  It is said that the fields fill with blood. Participated in by over 2 million people including children this cruel spectacle lasted two days.

There has been some progress and some animals have  been saved the horror and suffering of this most brutal and barbaric display of human cruelty as a result of a ban by India on animals crossing the border:

Nepal and India: Saving animals from the Gadhimai sacrifice, part one:
https://artandtheearth.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/nepal-and-india-saving-animals-from-the-gadhimai-sacrifice-part-one/

Here is  first  report by the Japan Times:

“We are ready for the festival, everyone is in a celebratory mood,” said head priest Mangal Chaudhary at the slaughter site.

Buffaloes were being coralled in holding pens for the festival devoted to Hindu goddess of power, Gadhimai, that sees hundreds of thousands of animals ranging from goats to rats butchered.

The festival kicked off at midnight amid tight security, with the ceremonial killing of a goat, rat, chicken, pig and a pigeon, before the mass slaughter on Friday. Worshippers from Nepal and neighboring India have spent days offering prayers to the goddess at a temple decked with flowers in preparation

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/28/asia-pacific/despite-protests-nepal-set-mass-animal-slaughter/#.VHgSWIusWUQ

Gadhimai It Must Never Happen Again

Please take action let the Nepalese government know in no uncertain terms what you think and tell the rest of the world, so many people do not know that this atrocity takes place or that other animal sacrifices take place throughout Nepal.

New Petition to Stop the Next Gadhimai Festival:
https://secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/Le_President_le_Premier_Ministre_et_le_Ministre_du_Tourisme_du_Nepal_Empecher_la_prochaine_edition_du_Gadhimai_Festival_/

Keep Tweeting:

FRI 28th SAT 29th SUN 30th Report to the world this atrocity.
https://www.facebook.com/events/728602747214742/permalink/728604693881214/

Write E-mail and Letters – Tell government officials in no uncertain terms your outrage.

Write E-mail or write letters but an immediate e-mail might be more effective during the festival.

Here is a list of the main government Officials

Nepalese Embassy London
Mr. Tej Bahadur Chhetri
Chargé d’affaires a.i.
12A Kensington Palace Gardens
London
W8 4QU
info@nepembassy.org.uk

Nepalese Minister for Federal Affairs
and Local Development
Prakash Man Singh
Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development
Singha Durbar,
Kathmandu
NEPAL
minister@mofald.cov.np
secretary@mofald.gov.np

Nepalese Embassy Brussels
Mr Ram Mani Pokharel
Ambassador
Avenue Brugmann 210
1050 Brussels
Belgium
embn@skynet.be

Nepalese Minister for Foreign Affairs
Hon. Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Maharajgunj
Kathmandu
NEPAL
adm@mofa.gov.np

Nepalese President
The President Dr. Yadav
Office of the President
Kantipath
Kathmandu
NEPAL
mail@presidentofnepal.gov.np

Nepalese Secretary for Peace and Reconstruction
Mr. Bahadur Tamang
Secretary for Peace and Reconstruction
Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
info@peace.gov.np

Nepalese Prime Minister
The Prime Minister
Mr. Sushil Koirala
Office of the Prime Minister and Council of
Ministers
Singh Durbar
Kathmandu
NEPAL

Tel: 977-1-4211000info@opmcm.gov.np

Tel: 977-1-4211000
http://www.opmcm.gov.np/en/contact-us-5.html

Nepalese Minister of Home Affairs
Bam Dev Gautam
Home Minister
Ministry of Home Affairs
Singh Durbar
Kathmandu
NEPAL
gunaso@moha.gov.np

Nepalese Minister for Tourism
Mr Bhim Acharya
Minister for Tourism
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu
NEPAL
info@tourism.gov.np

Tel.: 977-1-4211870, 4211879, 4211607
Fax: 977-1-4211758

website: www.tourism.gov.np

Ministry of Agricultural and co operatives
Minister Mr Hari Prasad Parajul
Hon Minister Hari Prasad Parajul
Singha Durbar,
Kathmandu,
Nepal

Tel: 977-1-4211000
P.O. Box: 23312
Email: info@opmcm.gov.np

Here is a list of other  addresses from Occupy for Animals:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-for-Animals/152547194813334?fref=photo:

“PLEASE CONTINUE PROTESTING!Please don’t stop protesting! While we won’t stop the slaughter anymore, we might still give Nepalese officials a hard time for allowing this insanity to happen again and make them hang themselves with shame!Please write to the following contacts to voice your outrage. Politeness can be omitted at this stage!!!.”
List from Occupy for Animals
Nepali Congress Central Office
B.P. Smriti Bhawan, B.P. Nagar, Sanepa, Lalitpur, Nepal
Email: ncparty@wlink.com.np
Fax: ++ (977-1) 5555188

Communist Party of Nepal (CPN ML)
Address: Maitidevi
Email: communistparty@hotmail.com

Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)
Address: Buddha Nagar
Email: ucpnm.chq@gmail.com
Fax: ++ (977-1) 4602289

Communist Party of Nepal (Unified)
Address: Dhobi Khola
Email: cpnunified@gmail.com

Ministry of Tourism
Email: info@tourism.gov.np, tourismnp@gmail.com
Fax: ++ (977-1) 4211758

Rastriya Prajatantra Party
Address: Chabahil
Email: rppnepal@enet.com.np

Tarai Madhesh Loktantrik Party

Address: Baneshwor
Email: tmdp64@gmail.com
Fax: ++ (977-1) 4462383

 

Nepal Workers and Peasants Party
Address: Bhaktapur
Fax: ++ (977-1) 6613207

 

Madhesi’s People’s Right Forum
Address: Kupondole
Fax: ++ (977-1) 5541278

 

CC:
ncparty@wlink.com.np, communistparty@hotmail.com, rppnepal@enet.com.np, tmdp64@gmail.com, ucpnm.chq@gmail.com,
cpnunified@gmail.com, eon@nepembassy.org.uk, officesecretary@nepembassy.org.uk,

 

more addresses:

Nepal Political Parties, Individual emails:
ncparty@wlink.com.np, communistparty@hotmail.com,rppnepal@enet.com.np,tmdp64@gmail.com, ucpnm.chq@gmail.com,
cpnunified@gmail.com , eon@nepembassy.org.uk ,officesecretary@nepembassy.org.uk

 

Nepali Congress Central Office
B.P. Smriti Bhawan, B.P.Nagar, Sanepa, Lalitpur, Nepal
Fax : ++ (977-1) 5555188
E-mail: ncparty@wlink.com.np

 

Communist Party of Nepal (CPN ML)
C.P Mainali
Address: Maitidevi
Email: communistparty@hotmail.com
Rastriya Prajatantra Party

 

Head of Party: Pashupati Sumsher Rana
Address: Chabahil
Email: rppnepal@enet.com.np

 

Nepal Workers and Peasants Party
Head of Party: Narayan Man Bijukche
Address: Bhaktapur
Fax No: ++(977-1) 6613207

 

Tarai Madhesh Loktantrik Party
Head of Party: Mahanta Thakur
Address: Baneshwor
Email: tmdp64@gmail.com
Fax No: ++(977-1) 4462383

 

Madhesi’s People’s Right Forum
Upendra Yadav
Address: Kupondole
Fax nr: ++ (977 -1) 5541278

 

Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)
Head of Party: Pushpa Kamal Dahal
Address: Buddha Nagar
Email: ucpnm.chq@gmail.com
Fax: 01 4602289

Communist Party of Nepal (Unified)
Head of Party: Ram Singh Shris (Rajbir)
Address: DhobiKhola
Email: cpnunified@gmail.com

POSTAL
Honarable Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister, Singha Durbar
Faxes: + 977 1 227 286 or 428 570

Honarable State Minister for Foreign Affairs
Address: Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
Tel: 977-1-4416011, 4416012, 4416013, 4416014, 4416015
Fax: 977-1-4416016

Right Honarable President Dr Ram Baran Yadav
Office of the President
Sheetal Niwas, Kathmandu
Fax no ++ 977 – 1 – 4416495

Honarable Minister
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives,
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Phone: 4211706,4211950,4211981,4211898,4211841,4211648,4211961, 4211905
Fax: 977-1- 4211935, 4211839

Hon’ble Minister
Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel.: 4211992, 4211669, 4211846, 4211847, 4211711, 4211685, 4211825, 4231196, 4211909
Fax: 977 1 4211758

Honorable Minister
Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Tel: +977 1 4211189, 4211090, 4211176, 4211092
Fax: +977 1 4211186 and 4211173

Ministry of Law and Justice
Address: Singha Durbar, Kathmandu
Tel: 977-1-4223727, 4224633, 4220672
Fax: 977-1-4220684

Ministry of Home Affairs
Address: Singha Durbar, Kathmandu,Nepal
Tel: 977-1-4211261, 4211212, 4211274, 4211249, 4211224
Fax: 977-1-4211264

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-for-Animals/152547194813334?fref=photo

For more information on the Gadhimai festival including more telephone numbers, please see Occupy Animals  website:
http://www.occupyforanimals.net/gadhimai-festival-in-nepal.html

And please join their FB group dedicated to stopping the Gadhimai Festival:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/awnn.gadhimai.action/?pnref=story

Occupy for animals say   “Politeness can be omitted at this stage!!!”.  My advice is,  to say what you think in the strongest of terms but please avoid bad language,  I don’t think abusive or bad language ever helps, though I understand the anger behind it, it gives them the higher ground.

You might find the following Hindu scripture useful to add to your communication as it clearly shows that this festival has no place in Hinduism:

He who permits the slaughter of an animal, he who kills it, he who cuts it up, he who buys or sells meat, he who cooks it, he who serves it up, and he who eats it, are all slayers. There is no greater sinner than that man who seeks to increase the bulk of his own flesh by the flesh of other beings
Manusmriti,(lawsof Manu): Hindu scripture

Also note the incongruity of President Dr. Yadav’s religion, Hinduism, with his actions in not only refusing to ban the massacre but allowing government subsidies to support the heinous event to the tune of over £32,000, which was the sum paid last time in 2009. Money that could be spent on more important things in this poor country, such as health care for example, rather than this sickening display of depravity.

This event is about making money from superstitious dread, the exploitation of people’s fears, and most importantly appalling cruelly to defenceless animals.

I might also add the incongruity of encouraging primitive supperstitious practices with the ideology of socialsim

Send the latest CiWF message to the president and Prime minister

http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=33634&ea.tracking.id=1174f49c&utm_campaign=slaughter&utm_source=shared&utm_medium=link

I find the whole thing is just so heartbreaking, I can hardly bear to think of the suffering of these innocent and helpless animals, and during the festival I thought of little else.

I cannot understand the mentality of such a hideous and obviously cruel festival, such has no place in the modern world. It has no place in Hinduism, though the press and others refer to it as an Hindu festival it has in reality nothing whatsoever to do with mainstream modern Hinduism.

Sadly as is the case in our world today it is the result of exploitation motivated by greed.

Behind the facade of religious belief an insidious evil drives, exploits and distorts ancient beliefs. This evil comes in the form of the exploitation of superstitious dread, an innate fear that all human beings have to some extent. This inherent fear is promoted and encouraged by greedy priests to engender fear into the hearts of extremely poor people, to take from them what little they possess.

Here is an example of such superstitious belief:

“If anyone has a problem, then I will cut the throat of an animal in the temple and that person’s problem will be solved.”

Chandan Dev Chaudhury

It is difficult to associate such comments with our modern age of scientific and technological advancement, it is like taking a trip in a time machine to some dark primeval epoch.

Read comments and other information from the 2009 festival:

http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/The_Gadhimai_festival_Why_it-must-never_happen-Again.htm

More Information

The festival is motivated by greed and superstitious fear as the following article clearly explains.

Goat prices double with start of Gadhimai fest

 

BARA, NOV 29 – Goat prices in the city have almost doubled due to soaring demand for the Gadhimai festival that began Friday. While regular goat meat costs Rs 600 per kg, sellers have been charging as much as Rs 1,000 per kg for sacrificial goats. The Gadhimai festival is celebrated every five years with a mass sacrifice of goats and buffaloes, among other animals.

A total of 125,000 goats have been sold from the Kalaiya Agriculture Market in the last three months for the Gadhimai festival. According to Saroj Kumar Shah, one of the main traders here, around 5,000 goats are being sold daily at the Haat Bazaar which takes place on Mondays and Fridays.

Sudesh Kumar Gupta from Kabahi-5 is worried about being able to buy a goat for the festival that comes around only once every five years. “I came here to buy goats with an estimated budget of Rs 4,000, but I can’t find any goats costing less than Rs 5,000,” he said. “As we have been following the tradition of sacrificing a goat during the festival for a long time, we have to buy one anyhow; even if I have to borrow money.”

Similarly, Nisha Kumari from Telkuwa said, “If we don’t offer goats to Goddess Gadhimai, she will be angry as we have pledged to make a sacrifice.” Gokul Sharma, who came to buy goats for the festival, said that they were costlier in Birgunj than in Kalaiya.

Read More:

http://www.ekantipur.com/2014/11/29/business/goat-prices-double-with-start-of-gadhimai-fest/398305.html

In pictures: Hindu animal sacrifice festival in Nepal

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30250517

Disturbing images. The caption to this photograph says:
“The bodies of the animals, filling the air with the smell of freshly slaughtered meat, will eventually be buried in a large pit”

These animals are not meat, they are sentient beings who have suffered a slow painful and horrifying death.

Gadhimai Hindu festival: Global condemnation of slaughter of more than 5,000 buffaloes

Read More:

The slaughter of more than 5,000 buffaloes at the Gadhimai Hindu festival in Nepal has drawn global condemnation from animal charities.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/gadhimai-hindu-festival-global-condemnation-of-slaughter-of-more-than-5000-buffaloes-9892632.html

Gadhimai Hindu festival: Over 5,000 buffaloes slaughtered in Nepal

To end the first day of the event, thousands of buffaloes enclosed in a compound surrounded by a high wall, are decapitated by a group of specially chosen men using curved kukri knives.

On the first half of the two day event held in the jungles of Bara district, around 160 miles (100 miles) south of Katmandu, some 5,000 buffaloes were killed – and many are yet to be slaughtered.

Shristi Singh Shrestha, an animal rights activist with Animal Welfare Network Nepal, told the newspaper she felt “sad” and “defeated” because the group was unable to stop the slaughter.

“However, the positive thing is that the number of animals killed has come down … We hope there will be no killing of any animal at the next festival,” she said.

Read the full article:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/gadhimai-hindu-festival-over-5000-buffaloes-slaughtered-in-nepal-9891849.html  – Warning shocking images of massacred animals

Joanna Lumly speak passionately against the Gadhimai festival.
Click the link below to watch the video:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1140024/Joanna-Lumley-speaks-passionately-against-Gadhimai-festival.html

About 2.5 million devotees  have turned out for the festival, according to local government official Yogendra Prasad Dulal, who said it was ‘impossible to estimate’ the total number of animals sacrificed so far.

‘It has been a grand day,’ Mangal Chaudhary, head priest at a the Gadhimai temple said. ‘The buffalo sacrifice has ended, but we will continue the rituals with goats and other animals for one more day,’

On the first day, worshippers slaughtered more than 6,000 buffaloes, which were coralled into holding pens in the fields, along with at least 100,000 goats and other animals, Chaudhary said.

The festivities will continue on Saturday when at least another 100,000 animals will die in the name of goddess Gadhimai.

Read more:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2852739/Nepal-devotees-sacrifice-thousands-animals-Hindu-ritual.html#ixzz3KNqTVgO7  Warning shocking images of massacred animals

Animal rights protesters in Nepal seek to stop Gadhimai festival sacrifice

Campaigners have attempted to frustrate the event or at least greatly reduce the number of animals killed. They say it is cruel because the animals suffer at the hands of untrained butchers, and that the piles of carcasses are a health hazard. Some argue that the event traumatises children. “The sights and sounds are unimaginable,” wrote Jayasimha Nuggehalli, director of the Indian branch of the Humane Society International. “Pools of blood, animals bellowing in pain and panic, wide-eyed children looking on, devotees covered in animal blood, and some people even drinking blood from the headless but still warm carcasses.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/26/animal-rights-protesters-nepal-livestock-sacrifice-hindu-gadhimai-bariyapur

In Hopes of Stopping Gadhimai

http://www.hsi.org/news/news/2014/11/stop-gadhimai-112614.html

Gadhimai Festival: India Confiscates Animals Smuggled to Nepal for Huge Mass Sacrifice
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/gadhimai-festival-india-confiscates-animals-smuggled-nepal-huge-mass-sacrifice-1476963

Credit Flickering Candal:

http://pixgood.com/candle-gif-tumblr.html

#Gadhimai Tweetstorm Reminder: WED 26th and THURS 27th = Storming attempt to trend and Other Last Ditch Actions.

Apologies about so many posts on this issue, but it is a sad and shocking event which I hope we can change through persistent persuasion.

Please help on WED 26th and THURS 27th = Storming attempt to trend.

 

NEPAL-GADHIMAI-FESTIVAL-NOVEMBER

This is a reminder concerning the Gadhimai Tweetstorm.

Today and Thursday is a Tweetstorming day to trend:  #Gadhimai

For more details click the link below which includes instructions on how to make the Tweetstorm effective, ideas, automatic and basic tweet sheets, lots of twitter addresses to send Tweets.

 https://www.facebook.com/events/728602747214742/permalink/728604693881214/

Also see list celebrity twitter addresses:
 https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/take-part-in-gadhimai-tweetstorm-today/

Please help by tweeting as often as possible.

Other Last Ditch Actions:

Please take as many of the following actions if you have not already done so

It’s not to late to send on-line messages, sign petitions and send e-mail to Nepalese government officials – address details further down. 

Please be polite abusive language does nothing to help and hinders progress. Please note that this festival has nothing to do with Mainstream Hinduism or the majority of the people of Nepal, many of whom are working towards ending the sacrifice of animals at this festival.

Please send on-line messages

Humane Society International

Tell Nepal: Stop sacrificing animals at Gadhimai – this is the first time this action has been included on this blog. A quick and simple action which requires only a few details

https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=31967&ea.tracking.id=sharefb#.VCsOrJYkAsc.facebook

PETA

Please take the following action from PETA and send an on-line message to the prime minister and the president of Nepal explaining why it is important to end animal sacrifices immediately.

Read more and take action:
Urge Nepal to End Gadhimai Animal Massacre
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-nepal-end-gadhimai-animal-massacre/#ixzz3J8m4zC1Z

Asia for Animals

“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:

With this link you can send e-mails to 60 Nepalese Embassys

By filling out the form and clicking “send” you will be emailing this letter to 60 Nepalese Embassies Worldwide. This is a very simple form and takes only a moment or two to send a message, no editing is required.

http://www.asiaforanimals.com/calling-for-an-end-to-the-gadhimai-slaughter –  this is the first time this action has been included on this blog

More information and a petition

http://asiaforanimals.com/call-for-action/farm-animals/item/137-mass-animal-sacrifice-at-nepal-s-gadhimai-festival

Kinship Circle

ACT: The Killing Fields – End Animal Sacrifice In Nepal:

Automated web petition – you can edit this please try to use your own words or at least alter them but please send any way you can.

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/action_center/letter_new3.asp?LetterID=1913#autoletter

More information, e-mail addresses and template letters

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/action_center/letter_new3.asp?LetterID=1913

A sample of government e-mail addresses appear further down

Petitions

Animal Welfare Network Nepal and Compassion in World Farming

Nepal Must Stop Inhumane Sacrifical Slaughter

http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=29144&ea.tracking.id=79a6928a&gclid=CIrVx9C40sECFWL4wgodm4EA_A

Stop animal sacrifice Gadhimai Festival Nepal mass animal sacrifice
http://www.change.org/p/stop-animal-sacrifice-gadhimai-festival-nepal-mass-animal-sacrifice

End Gadhimai: The World’s Largest Animal Sacrifice
http://forcechange.com/59185/end-gadhimai-the-worlds-largest-animal-sacrifice/

Contact your local Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country:

http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/Nepal even if you signed the e-mail to 60 embassies above please consider sending a further message to your own embassy.

E-Mail Nepalese government officials :

I have included postal addresses but it is now of course too late to send a postal letter.  You will find template letters included in the following link to help you write your e-mail:

Sample letters along with details of other actions can be found here in Compassion for world farming’s action pack.

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/media/5697537/Gadhimai-Action-Pack.pdf 7

Please don’t be put off, send an e-mail even if your message is simply along the lines of “Please stop the sacrifice of helpless animals at the Gadhimai festival”. You might like to add a quote from Hindu scripture which clearly shows that the slaughter of animals is not a part of Hinduism. Suggested quotations appear at the bottom of the address list.

Useful addresses for campaigning against Gadhimai

Nepalese Embassy London
Mr. Tej Bahadur Chhetri
Chargé d’affaires a.i.
12A Kensington Palace Gardens
London
W8 4QU
info@nepembassy.org.uk

Nepalese Minister for Federal Affairs
and Local Development
Prakash Man Singh
Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development
Singha Durbar,
Kathmandu
NEPAL
minister@mofald.cov.np
secretary@mofald.gov.np

Nepalese Embassy Brussels
Mr Ram Mani Pokharel
Ambassador
Avenue Brugmann 210
1050 Brussels
Belgium
embn@skynet.be

Nepalese Minister for Foreign Affairs
Hon. Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Maharajgunj
Kathmandu
NEPAL
adm@mofa.gov.np

Nepalese President
The President Dr. Yadav
Office of the President
Kantipath
Kathmandu
NEPAL
mail@presidentofnepal.gov.np

Nepalese Secretary for Peace and Reconstruction
Mr. Bahadur Tamang
Secretary for Peace and Reconstruction
Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
info@peace.gov.np

Nepalese Prime Minister
The Prime Minister
Mr. Sushil Koirala
Office of the Prime Minister and Council of
Ministers
Singh Durbar
Kathmandu
NEPAL

info@opmcm.gov.np

Tel: 977-1-4211000
http://www.opmcm.gov.np/en/contact-us-5.html

Nepalese Minister of Home Affairs
Bam Dev Gautam
Home Minister
Ministry of Home Affairs
Singh Durbar
Kathmandu
NEPAL
gunaso@moha.gov.np

Nepalese Minister for Tourism
Mr Bhim Acharya
Minister for Tourism
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
Singha Durbar
Kathmandu
NEPAL
info@tourism.gov.np

Tel.: 977-1-4211870, 4211879, 4211607
Fax: 977-1-4211758

website: www.tourism.gov.np

Ministry of Agricultural and co operatives
Minister Mr Hari Prasad Parajul
Hon Minister Hari Prasad Parajul
Singha Durbar,
Kathmandu,
Nepal

Tel: 977-1-4211000
P.O. Box: 23312
Email: info@opmcm.gov.np

More Information

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/gadhimai-tweetstorm-update-join-tweetstorm-mon-24th-sun-30th-nov-to-stop-gadhimai/

Urgent Action: Stop Gadhimai festival Slaughter:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/urgent-action-stop-gadhimai-festival-slaughter/

And
Stop The Gadhimai Festival:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/stop-the-gadhimai-festival/

Please note that this festival has nothing to do with Mainstream Hinduism.

We need to remember that this isn’t a Hindu practice but rather a belief among a section of people.

How Should Hindus Face The “Gadhimai” Affair

Gadhimai Is A Local Tribal Tradition… Not Hindu Doctrine

First let us address the accusation that this mass animal slaughter is the product of “Hinduism”.  The Gadhimai festival is named after the local Nepalese Goddess Gadhimai.  Gadhimai does not appear in the Vedas, the Ramayana, or the Gita, nor does she likely appear in any of the the Puranas.  If Gadhimai does appear in any text it would likely be a Nepalese text written in their own local language. There are no universal Hindu festivals or doctrines, and the Gadhimai festival is not attended by or even condoned by most Hindus.  Indeed, out of the more than 900 million Hindus on earth, only 5 million are said to attend the festival, that’s is only .005% of the population.

Hinduism Has No Commands For Animal Sacrifice

Modern Hindus Are The Most Vegetarian People On Earth

Many Hindu Scriptures Promote Kindness To Animals 

Please continue reading

http://www.justiceforhindus.org/how-should-hindus-face-the-gadhimai-affair/

Many Nepalese are against this festival. On Oct 11, Animal Welfare Nepal (AWN) orgainsed a rally in Kathmandu against animal sacrifice at Gadhimai Festival putting pressure on Nepal government.

Quotes from Hindu scripture that show that killing any living being is not a part of Hinduism

One is dearest to God who has no enemies among the living beings, who is nonviolent to all creatures.

Avoiding harm to all creatures… this is true knowledge. All else is ignorance.
Bhagavad Gita – (The Bhagavad Gita “Song of God” is one of the most important and revered sacred scriptures of Hinduism.)

Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is detrimental to the attainment of heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun the use of meat. Having well considered the disgusting origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from eating flesh.
Manusmriti 5.48-49

He who injures harmless creatures from a wish to give himself pleasure, never finds happiness in this life or the next.
Manusmriti 5.45

He who does not seek to cause the sufferings of bonds and death to living creatures, (but) desires the good of all (beings), obtains endless bliss. He who does not injure any (creature) attains without an effort what he thinks of, what he undertakes, and what he fixes his mind on.
Manusmriti 5.46-47

By the restraint of his senses, by the destruction of love and hatred, and by the abstention from injuring the creatures, he becomes fit for immortality.
Manusmriti 6.60

Nonviolence… and mercy to all life forms are the goals of godly persons who are endowed with My nature.
Bhagavad Gita

Avoiding harm… and working towards the happiness of all living creatures is the duty of everyone.
Bhagavad Gita

Ahimsa is not causing pain to any living being at any time through the actions of one’s mind, speech or body.
Sandilya Upanishad

“He who kills harmless and non-violent creatures for his own pleasure will never get true happiness, whether in this life, or after he dies.”
Manu Smriti 5.45 – Vishnu Dharma Sutra 51.68

“He who does not seek to kill, cause pain or tie up living creatures and desires the good of all attains everlasting joy.” (Manu Smriti 5.46 – Vishnu Dharma Sutra 51.69)

From the selection of Hindu Scripture above it is obvious that this heinous festival is not a part of mainstream Hinduism

The slaughter of an appalling number of animals–along with the manner in which they are killed–at the Gadhimai festival in Bariyarpur is a horrifying display of violence that runs counter to the Hindu belief in reverence for life.

Related Links:

Comments from a Buddhist vegetarian and a visitor to Nepal
http://www.davidlai.me/2014/10/04/there-must-be-a-better-way-to-do-this/

2014 Gadhimai Festival.
http://quaker-animals.co.uk/2014/09/2014-gadhimai-festival/

The Hindu Council of the UK
http://www.hinducounciluk.org/articles/473-hindu-council-uk-joins-forces-with-compassion-in-world-farming-to-stop-the-gadhimai-festival-in-nepal

Gadhimai Tweetstorm Update: Join TWEETSTORM Mon 24th – Sun 30th Nov to STOP #Gadhimai

“Ahimsa is not causing pain to any living being at any time through the actions of one’s mind, speech or body”.
Sandilya Upanishad

Please help stop the cruel slaughter of thousands of helpless animals at the Gadhimai festival with a week long Tweetstorm

https://www.facebook.com/events/728602747214742/permalink/728604693881214/

 

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“500,000 animals will be barbarically slaughtered in a Ritual Sacrifice in Nepal over 2 days 28th and 29th Nov. We are here to try and Stop it . Stop #Gadhimai”
* TWEETSTORM * Mon 24th – Sun 30th Nov to STOP #Gadhimai

Hello friends , Next TWEETSTORM (Mon 24th – Sun 30th Nov) this one an extended storm (one week of tweeting) is a little different than the previous ones because there is little time left to stop it in , details as follows and Tweet Sheets futher down post. Please do as many tweets as you can thoughout the week , general guide is 100 a day if you can do more even better, if you cant manage a lot then please do what you can. This I think is now our 5th storm and will be our last before Gadhimai 2014. So lets give it all we got for the animals.

MON 24th and TUE 25th = General tweeting
WED 26th and THURS 27th = Storming attempt to trend.
FRI 28th SAT 29th SUN 30th Report to the world this atrocity if it takes place.

For full information Please Read More:

https://www.facebook.com/events/728602747214742/permalink/728604693881214/

The Link above includes instructions on how to make the Tweetstorm effective, ideas, tweet sheets – lots of twitter addresses to send Tweets. Please help by tweeting as often as possible.

Did You know that 5 million people will attend this festival.

I am shocked that there are so many people willing to watch and participate in such brutality.

This festival is not only a hideous form of extreme animal abuse it also involves child abuse as children attend and watch the cruel slaughter by beheading of helpless creatures:

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We have only until November 28th when the massacre of thousands of helpless animals will begin.

I may update this blog entry which was written rather quickly as I was not aware of the new Tweetstorm until today. Please take as much action as you can to stop this festival which has no place in a modern society and has nothing to do with mainstream modern Hinduism.

More information on this blog:
Click links for more suggested action, includes petitions, on-line messages and addresses to e-mail
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/more-action-to-bring-and-end-to-the-gadhimai-festival/

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/urgent-action-stop-gadhimai-festival-slaughter/

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/take-part-in-gadhimai-tweetstorm-today/

And my Website:

 http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/The_Gadhimai_festival_Why_it-must-never_happen-Again.htm

http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Useful_Links_Action_You_Can_Take_The%20Gadhimai%20Jatra%20Festival.htm

This Winter a Pensioner Will Die From Cold Every SEVEN Minutes a New Report Reveals

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Do you dread winter in a cold inadequately or entirely unheated home? Do you think it is wrong that in the sixth richest country in the world 10,000 people should die of the cold because they cannot afford to heat their homes?  If the answer is yes than please take the following action.

Join a Day of Action Against Winter Deaths on November 28th

We’ll be meeting outside the Institute of Directors, on Pall Mall before marching to Energy UK – the body who represent and defend the Big Six profiteers, for an inclusive and creative action.

In 2012/2013 10,000 people died from fuel poverty, including thousands of people in London, and we are likely to learn that thousands more died last winter. At the same time the Big Six energy companies made £3.7bn in profit – this is equal to £370,000 profit for every person who died.

Join and share our facebook event here. There will also be a Pensioner Block meeting at 11am at the main entrance of Charring Cross station, join the facebook event here. Young and old welcome!

Read More:

http://www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/uncategorized/join-the-day-of-action-against-winter-deaths-on-28th-november/

If you are not able to attend there are other ways to get involved:
http://www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/home-alternative/get-involved/

Contact your MP and demand action
http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

Watch the video see what life is like for millions of people in Tory UK, the sixth richest country in the world

Fuel Poverty – The Impact of Cold Homes on Children

Check out the link included in the video and take action:
http://www.energybillrevolution.org/

End Fuel Poverty present similar solutions and call upon the Government and the political parties to commit to the following pledges.

We believe everybody in this country has the right to a warm, dry home that they can afford to heat and power. Action to end fuel poverty will not only improve people’s lives but also help tackle climate change. We call upon the Government and the political parties to commit to the following pledges to meet this goal:

1. Carry out a national programme to improve the heating and insulation standards of the homes of low income households such that by 2030 they are at least the same standard as homes built today

2. Commit to improve the homes of all low income households so that nobody has to live in a dangerously cold and unhealthy home by 2020.

3. Require fuel companies to provide the Warm Home Discount to all low income consumers and vary the rate to reflect the difficulty of heating homes.

4. Make sure all eligible households receive the benefits and tax credits to which they are entitled as part of a wider strategy to tackle poverty.

5. Produce a multi term Fuel Poverty Strategy that sets targets for all relevant (and future) Government departments. The Strategy should also describe how tackling fuel poverty positively affects policies to improve social wellbeing, reduce health inequalities, improve housing affordability, tackle climate change and eliminate child poverty.

http://endfuelpoverty.org.uk/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/fuelpovertyaction

Though the above would improve the situation, I think more decisive action is required including the re- nationalisation of gas and electricity.

While such improvisations as insulation helps if you can afford to turn on your heating, it is absolutely useless if you cannot.

Return the distribution of vital fuel to the state. The right to warmth, shelter and food are basic human rights, it is immoral, in fact criminal to profit from vital resources that people need for basic survival.

More Information

Soaring fuel bills will kill a pensioner every SEVEN minutes this winter, a new report reveals

Damning: The report says five milion pensioners say the cost of fuel is one of their biggest winter worries

A pensioner will die from cold every seven minutes in Britain this winter, a damning report warns today.

Soaring fuel bills and poorly insulated homes are blamed by Age UK for the tens of thousands of older people who die due to cold weather each winter.

A new survey for the charity published on Tuesday reveals one in three pensioners now fear they cannot afford to heat their homes.

In total more than five million people aged over 65 say the soaring cost of fuel is one of their biggest worries over the winter months.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/soaring-fuel-bills-kill-pensioner-4611653

The Government claim that it is already doing enough to protect older people struggling to heat their homes is simply not true, the first thing they did when they came into power was to reduce the winter Fuel Payment by £50 .

If what the government say is true why is one older person dying of cold every seven minutes?

Pensioners are not the only ones to suffer of course, most of us here in the UK are struggling to pay energy bills some a lot more than others such as the case below.

Please read the following extracts from an account of a woman who couldn’t afford to turn on her fridge, warm her home or even have a warm shower – please click the link further down to read the full story

Some British people can’t afford to heat their food. Aren’t we ashamed?

I don’t suppose any of the big six energy bosses has wrapped a toddler in a fleece, dressing gown and jumper of an evening

I don’t imagine the chief executives of any of the big six called before MPs on Tuesday has ever had to unplug their fridge because they simply can’t afford to run it, or wrap their toddler in a fleece all-in-one and a jumper and a dressing gown of an evening.

It wasn’t too long ago myself that I was sitting with my back to my front door, hissing at my toddler to be quiet because there was a man on the other side of it hammering with his fist. I owed Eon £390 in unpaid electricity bills, and they were shouting that they knew I was in there. Every new morning brought red-topped letters, final demands and pairs of men peering through the windows – but as I told them time and again, I couldn’t give them what I didn’t have.

I was unemployed, applying for every job that I came across, and mistake after mistake with housing benefit payments meant that I was struggling to get by. The £10 a week food shop has been well documented by now, but I don’t really talk about the Christmas day that I sent my son to his father’s house to spare him the misery of yet another day in a freezing cold flat, with no television to entertain us, no tree, no presents and nothing that even slightly resembled a Christmas dinner.

I spent 18 months with the furniture parked in front of the radiators, cooking as quickly as I possibly could to use the least amount of gas and electricity. I unscrewed the lightbulbs in the hallway, unplugged everything at the wall so not even the LCD display was blinking away on the oven. I eventually turned the fridge and freezer off – they were empty anyway – and the boiler, desperate to save money, shocking myself awake in the morning with the shortest, coldest showers, and boiling a kettle of water twice a week to bath my young son.

But still, there are some corners that can’t be cut. The clothes still need washing, especially when potty training a toddler. You debate every cup of tea, wonder how much it will really cost, and put another jumper on to try to keep warm. You go to bed when it gets dark in the evenings, because it’s warm in bed and you can’t see anything anyway.

Please read the full story:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/29/british-cant-afford-heat-food-big-six-energy-jack-monroe

No one anywhere in any country in any situation should live like that and there is no reason why they should. It’s all about the greed of the few at the expense of the many and it has to stop.

Thousands die of cold each year. In the sixth richest country in the world this is a disgrace.

Though my situation maybe not as dire as in the story above and the many similar stories throughout the UK, nonetheless water runs down the wall of the room I am sitting in right now. Black mold makes it’s way up my sitting room wall each winter as a result of inadequate heating.

I am tired of struggling to heat my home, paying ever increasingly high prices for an inadequately heated home. Struggling to make cuts , turn the heating on later, have it set increasingly lower, dreading the resulting bill . Basically we get colder each year while our bills get higher. It is impossible to cut back as even if your consumption goes down your bill goes up. Last year it was a mild winter and we did not turn on the heating during much of October yet we were told we need to increase our monthly payments. This year it has been even milder throughout both November and October yet for sure our bill will rise and we will be told we have to pay more. As time goes on we simply will not be able to pay more or reduce our consumption enough to counteract the increase in price. Eventually the only option will be to turn it off!

Related Links

News and action you can take world-wide to help those who struggle to keep warm, who are hungry and homeless:
https://opsafewinter.org/

https://twitter.com/fuelpovaction

http://endfuelpoverty.org.uk/index.html

Take Part in Gadhimai Tweetstorm Today

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Help bring an end to the Gadhimai festival set to take place November 28th and 29th by joining a Tweetstorm today November 20th.

Update November 22nd : Though the Tweetstorm day has passed please continue to Tweet #Gadhimai

TWEETSTORM #Gadhimai:

NEXT TWEETSTORM THURSDAY 20TH NOVEMBER
To bring awareness and hopefully Stop the Gadhimai Ritual Slaughter festival in Nepal in November where approx 500,000 animals will be barbarically hacked to death just for a belief . Please use #Gadhimai on every tweet you do .

Tweet to celebs ask them to Retweet , they have loads of followers and not many know about this atrocity , so we really need to get the word out . Please invite friends to take part , 500,000 innocent animals lives depend on us to try and Stop this carnage , many animals will not be cleanly killed and will lay dying for the 2 days that this Cruel festival takes place.

Read More:
https://www.facebook.com/events/731763660249600/ – includes lots of suggestions and a few celebrity Twitter addresses:

(Dr.Brian May)@DrBrianMay
(Russel Brand).@rustyrockets
(Chrissie Hynde).@ChrissieHynde
(Pamela Anderson).@PamelaDAnderson
(Sia).@Sia
(Sam Simon).@simonsam
(Leonardo DiCaprio).@LeoDiCaprio
.@AlecBaldwin
.@dodo
.@AngelinaJolie29
.@SimonCowell
.@RichardBranson
.@SarahMcLachlan
.@HowardStern
.@CaseyAffleck
.@TimGunn
(Alissa White-Gluz) . @AwhiteGluz
.@Billmaher
.@Diane_Keaton
.@HilarySwank
.@DaveNavarro
.@CharlizeAfrica
.@iansomerhalder
.@haydenpanettiere
.@CameronCrowe
.@rauljulialevy
.@RealRonHoward
.@RyanGosling
.@SophiaBush
.@IMKristenBell
.@thelittleidiot (Moby)
.@UncleRUSH (Russell Simmons)
.@mcgregor_ewan
.@HowardStern
.@AmyLeeEV
.@oliviamunn
.@KatieHeigl (Katherine Heigl)
.@AliciaSilv ( Alicia Silverstone)
.@steveo
.@kevin_nealon
.@davematthewsbnd

Please share widely the more people involved the better to make this trend.

Someone Suggests:
Please tweet to this former Prime Minister of Nepal and his followers. He seems to be opposed to Gadhimai. At least so it appears from his twitter profile.

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Swami Agnivesh with PM Koirala & other ex-PMs of Nepal to campaign against animal sacrifice in Gadhimai temple(Bara)

https://twitter.com/brb_laaldhwoj/media

We Need to stop this:

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More information and actions to take:

With only eight days to go we need to take action quickly,  it is not too late to send an e-mail to Nepalese government officials or sign petitions or write a letter or e-mail to the Nepalese embassy in your country.

Contact your local Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country:

http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/Nepal

Write to Nepalese government officials :

Addresses and Sample letters along with details of other actions can be found here in Compassion for world farming’s action pack:

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/media/5697537/Gadhimai-Action-Pack.pdf

Watch and Share the video

Animal Sacrifice at Gadhimai Festival

Warning: The attached video footage contains images that some may find shocking.

 

Bardot’s call to end ‘greatest collective sacrifice of animals’

“The world will look on again with horror and despair as some 250,000 goats, buffaloes, pigs, chickens, pigeons, ducks and white mice are cruelly sacrificed in two days,”
Bridget Bardot – extract of letter to Nepal’s President Ram Baran Yadav,
Read More:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/bardot-s-call-to-end-greatest-collective-sacrifice-of-animals/article/414263

More information about this brutal festival and further action you can take:

Petitions and other actions and addresses to write to

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/more-action-to-bring-and-end-to-the-gadhimai-festival/?preview=true&preview_id=5171&preview_nonce=aacde7a868&post_format=standard

More petitions and other actions:

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/urgent-action-stop-gadhimai-festival-slaughter/

 

 

More Action to Bring an End to The Gadhimai Festival

Updated 17 11 14 – Tweetstorm information

One is dearest to God who has no enemies among the living beings, who is nonviolent to all creatures.

Avoiding harm to all creatures… this is true knowledge. All else is ignorance.
Bhagavad Gita – (The Bhagavad Gita “Song of God” is one of the most important and revered sacred scriptures of Hinduism.)

This is my third post about the Gadhimai Festival.  I find this festival deeply disturbing on just so many levels, not the least of which are the suffering of the animals concerned and the exposure of children to this sickening cruelty.

Yesterday I came across another petition and other actions which I would like to share concerning the Gadhimai festival:

Please sign the petition

Help us Stop the Gadhimai Massacre
http://endthesacrifice.org/

Please send an on-line message

Please take the following action from PETA and send an on-line message to the prime minister and the president of Nepal explaining why it is important to end animal sacrifices immediately.

Read more and take action:
Urge Nepal to End Gadhimai Animal Massacre
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-nepal-end-gadhimai-animal-massacre/#ixzz3J8m4zC1Z

More Action you can take – Join a tweetstorm November 20th:

TWEETSTORM #Gadhimai:
https://www.facebook.com/events/731763660249600/

Someone commenting on the above facebook Tweetstorm page has suggested the following:

If you can please tweet ‪#‎Gadhimai‬ at least 5 to 10 times every day until the next tweetstorm. It will keep the hashtag in circulation and bring attention. Also, please reach out to people in twitter (even if you don’t know them) especially vegans and people involved in other animal rights/environment causes and tell them about #Gadhimai so the hashtag starts to circulate as much as possible.

See also:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Nepals-Gadhimai-festival-animal-sacrifice/172843266067681

Please take the above actions even if you have taken previous similar actions. I have signed many petitions and have written to Nepalese government officials, however it certainly does no harm to sign as many petitions and send on-line messages that are available. Every action counts in the effort to bring an end to this cruelty.

I have written about this barbarity before:

Urgent Action: Stop Gadhimai festival Slaughter:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/urgent-action-stop-gadhimai-festival-slaughter/

And
Stop The Gadhimai Festival:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/stop-the-gadhimai-festival/

Included in the above links you will find more petitions and other actions you can take to help stop this cruel festival.

For example:

Contact your local Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country:

http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/Nepal

Write to Nepalese government officials :

Addresses and Sample letters along with details of other actions can be found here in Compassion for world farming’s action pack

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/media/5697537/Gadhimai-Action-Pack.pdf

Please act quickly the Gadhimai festival is scheduled to begin November 28th and 29th

Below is a video from Last Chance for Animals and Animal Equality

I warn you it is incredibly distressing, I admit I can’t finish watching it and if you are a sensitive person I would not recommend you doing so. The horror of the horrendous brutality and inhumanity from a time we had thought long past is difficult even to read about.

Please sign the petition by clicking the link below the video if you have not already done so. This is a simple petition requiring only a few details.

End the Sacrifice: Gadhimai Festival  Warning Extremely Distressing Images

 Every five years, the month-long Gadhimai festival is held in southern Nepal to honor the Hindu goddess of power, Gadhimai. Approximately 500,000 animals are brutally slaughtered, making this the world’s largest sacrifice of animals.

Help stop this ruthless massacre by signing our petition at EndTheSacrifice.org

http://endthesacrifice.org/

The PETA information above notes the following:

Many Nepalese do not even participate in the Gadhimai festival slaughter. A large number of participants are from India, where killing animals for religious sacrifice is already largely discouraged.

The majority of festival attendees come from neighboring India—the birthplace of Hinduism—where grotesque animal sacrifices are rightfully largely discouraged. The very concept of taking a being’s life in exchange for blessings contradicts the Hindu philosophy of ahimsa, or harmlessness. In fact, many Hindus believe that animal sacrifice is forbidden by the doctrine of ahimsa. Abusing animals also harms society as a whole. It normalizes killing and desensitizes children—who watch men hack at and decapitate animals—to the suffering of other living beings.

Read more: http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-nepal-end-gadhimai-animal-massacre/#ixzz3J8mzIKYA

Many people in Nepal are against the sacrifice of animals as much as those of us who campaign here in the west against this cruelty. Below you can read about Animal Welfare Network Nepal’s (AWNN) campaign to bring an end to this awful slaughter:

Animal Welfare Network Nepal

AWNN is a network of Nepalese animal welfare and rights organisations fighting against animal cruelty in Nepal

http://www.awnnepal.org/index.php – scroll down to see information concerning the Gadhimai Festival

Be sure to at least read the following from the above website:

AWNN

Animal rights activists in Nepal and elsewhere have begun a campaign to end mass sacrifice of animals and birds at Gadhimai Mela to be held next month in the southern plains of the country.

Billed as the biggest animal sacrifice fair in the world, the fair is held every five years and nearly 500,000 goats, male buffaloes, pigs, chickens, pigeons, ducks and white mice are sacrificed within two days.

On Saturday, animal rights activists held a rally in Kathmandu to protest against this practice to be held on November 28 and 29 at Gadhimai Temple located in Bariyarpur of Bara district close to the Indian border. Hundreds gathered outside the Bhadrakali temple and marched till Basantapur Darbar Square where they formed a lotus — the symbol to end animal sacrifice.

Read More:
http://www.awnnepal.org/fullstory.php?post_ID=27

AWNN on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Animal-Welfare-Network-Nepal-AWNN/323088921077628

At the end of the day it does not matter who is or is not to blame it is the animals that matter, this festival must be stopped now and forever. The government of Nepal should be ashamed, this cruelty has no place in any modern day society any more than any other cruelty to animals.

There is no excuse whether it be tradition, religion or profit motivated by common greed.

From the selection of Hindu Scripture below it is obvious that this heinous festival is not a part of mainstream Hinduism

The slaughter of an appalling number of animals–along with the manner in which they are killed–at the Gadhimai festival in Bariyarpur is a horrifying display of violence that runs counter to the Hindu belief in reverence for life.

Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is detrimental to the attainment of heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun the use of meat. Having well considered the disgusting origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from eating flesh.
Manusmriti 5.48-49

He who injures harmless creatures from a wish to give himself pleasure, never finds happiness in this life or the next.
Manusmriti 5.45

He who does not seek to cause the sufferings of bonds and death to living creatures, (but) desires the good of all (beings), obtains endless bliss. He who does not injure any (creature) attains without an effort what he thinks of, what he undertakes, and what he fixes his mind on.
Manusmriti 5.46-47

By the restraint of his senses, by the destruction of love and hatred, and by the abstention from injuring the creatures, he becomes fit for immortality.
Manusmriti 6.60

Nonviolence… and mercy to all life forms are the goals of godly persons who are endowed with My nature.
Bhagavad Gita

Avoiding harm… and working towards the happiness of all living creatures is the duty of everyone.
Bhagavad Gita

Ahimsa is not causing pain to any living being at any time through the actions of one’s mind, speech or body.
Sandilya Upanishad

More Quotes concerning Hinduism and the sanctity of life for all creatures are included in the link below:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Why_Animals_Matter_A%20Religious_%20Philosophical_Perspective_Hindu_Quotations.htm

Please sign the above petition and take as many of the suggested actions as you can.

Nepalese animal welfare organisations:

Animal Nepal

http://animalnepal.wordpress.com/

Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust
http://www.hartnepal.org/

Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Nepal
http://www.spcanepal.org.np/