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

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10 thoughts on “In Memory Of the Helpless Animals Sacrificed at the Gadhimai Festival.

  1. Thank you for all your efforts. Sharing on my FaceBook, just opened Twitter account, learning how to use…while we have Momentum and attention from the World, we must initiate and put Full Boycott in place against Nepal…to stop all sacrifices in this country and prevent the next massacre in 5 years. All of us together can roll up our sleeves, get down to work and use social media to stop this. I will contact you by email again..I am in contact with another activist in New York concerning this. Let’s get to work!

    • I agree a full boycott should be put in place against Nepal, this horrific so-called festival must never happen again. Yes do please keep in touch. We cannot allow this to fade into the background and need to keep up the momentum. At least this year far more people were aware of what was happening.

  2. The Gadhimai (mela) festival.

    The history of this bloodthirsty and gory spectacle originated when ‘Bhagwan Chaudhary’ a feudal landlord imprisoned in Makwanpur fort prison Nepal during the 18th century when he dreamed that all his problems would be solved if he made a blood sacrifice to Gadhimai (one of the many ‘avatars’ of the deity Kali aka Kalika). Immediately upon his release from prison he took counsel with a local village healer whose descendant ‘Dukha Kachadiya’ had started the ritual the day before with drops of his own blood from five parts of his body. Apparently, a light then ‘appeared’ in an earthenware jar and from this the sick bloodletting sacrifice ritual began.

    The animals are not slaughtered to be eaten, the animals are slaughtered as offerings to appease the goddess ‘Gadhimai’ with her ‘belief’ desire for blood-spilling; in return it is believed that she will grant her devotees health, wealth and prosperity.

    The ‘Gadhimai festival’ is based on nothing other than the combination of a no less than average meaningless dream and an optical light delusion to ‘supposedly’ one of the number of avatars of the mythical divine ‘Kali’ that can’t be located within any dated Vedic (Hindu religious) scripts.

    Footnote:

    If the flesh or any other parts of the sacrificed animal is made available for human use – then the point of sacrificing animals as offerings to believed divine beings becomes futile and worthless towards their belief concepts.

    • Thank you for your very informative comment, very useful and helpful information indeed. I was not entirely sure if some of these poor animals were eaten or otherwise used. Either way the whole things is barbaric and inhumane in the extreme. Such a shocking callous and brutal display of cruelty based solely on superstition has no place in any modern society. The more we learn about this dreadful festival, the more abhorrent it appears to be. I hope now that as a result of worldwide coverage that this festival will not take place next time and that animal sacrifice, which takes place at other times, is banned in Nepal.

      Again thanks for your comment

  3. We should aprreciate when muslims slow slice the neck of an animal, every year 15 million animals get slaughter during bakra eid , the world has problem in that nor there is any protest, it really wonderfull how this muslims are slow silicing for their alllah , it reallly mind blowing , remember the screams of the animal during muslim slaughter

    • I am not familiar with bakra eid or why no one protests. There is just so much cruelty to animals it becomes overwhelming and sadly so much seems to get overlooked. Doing a quick on-line search right now shows that PETA has taken action at least in India:
      http://www.india.com/news/india/peta-activists-promoting-vegan-diet-ahead-of-bakrid-assaulted-156984/

      I would need to research more to comment properly but from this brief on-line search you are indeed correct, there appears to be little protest. Why I cannot imagine. Any killing of any animals is wrong and the sacrifice of animals should be banned worldwide and vigorously protested. It took PETA a long time before they made any real protest concerning Gadhimai.

      As I pointed out in my blog entries not all Hindus condoned Gadhimai likewise not all Muslims condone bakra eid and some are vegetarian/ vegan. Maybe in time more protest will be focused on bringing this to an end. Maybe you should contact animals rights/welfare groups and ask them to get involved. Sadly it takes so long to bring about change and in the meantime animals sufferer. I appreciate your concern.

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