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
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
More Action you can take – Join a tweetstorm November 20th:
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.
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:
Included in the above links you will find more petitions and other actions you can take to help stop this cruel festival.
Contact your local Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country:
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
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
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.
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:
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.
AWNN on facebook
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.
He who injures harmless creatures from a wish to give himself pleasure, never finds happiness in this life or the next.
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.
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.
Nonviolence… and mercy to all life forms are the goals of godly persons who are endowed with My nature.
Avoiding harm… and working towards the happiness of all living creatures is the duty of everyone.
Ahimsa is not causing pain to any living being at any time through the actions of one’s mind, speech or body.
More Quotes concerning Hinduism and the sanctity of life for all creatures are included in the link below:
Please sign the above petition and take as many of the suggested actions as you can.
Nepalese animal welfare organisations:
Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust
Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Nepal