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.
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.
Also see list celebrity twitter addresses:
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
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
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
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.
More information, e-mail addresses and template letters
A sample of government e-mail addresses appear further down
Animal Welfare Network Nepal and Compassion in World Farming
Nepal Must Stop Inhumane Sacrifical Slaughter
Stop animal sacrifice Gadhimai Festival Nepal mass animal sacrifice
End Gadhimai: The World’s 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.
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
Nepalese Minister for Federal Affairs
and Local Development
Prakash Man Singh
Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development
Nepalese Embassy Brussels
Mr Ram Mani Pokharel
Avenue Brugmann 210
Nepalese Minister for Foreign Affairs
Hon. Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The President Dr. Yadav
Office of the President
Nepalese Secretary for Peace and Reconstruction
Mr. Bahadur Tamang
Secretary for Peace and Reconstruction
Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction
Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Nepalese Prime Minister
The Prime Minister
Mr. Sushil Koirala
Office of the Prime Minister and Council of
Nepalese Minister of Home Affairs
Bam Dev Gautam
Ministry of Home Affairs
Nepalese Minister for Tourism
Mr Bhim Acharya
Minister for Tourism
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
Tel.: 977-1-4211870, 4211879, 4211607
Ministry of Agricultural and co operatives
Minister Mr Hari Prasad Parajul
Hon Minister Hari Prasad Parajul
P.O. Box: 23312
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
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.
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.
“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.
Comments from a Buddhist vegetarian and a visitor to Nepal
2014 Gadhimai Festival.