Good news: The Gadhimai Festival Has Come to an End

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The Gadhimai festival of 2014 was the last ever!

Ram Chandra Shah, chairman of the Gadhimai Temple Trust announced:

“The Gadhimai Temple Trust hereby declares our formal decision to end animal sacrifice. With your help, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is free from bloodshed. Moreover, we can ensure Gadhimai 2019 is a momentous celebration of life … For every life taken, our heart is heavy. The time has come to transform an old tradition.”

Nepal chooses kindness — ENDING the world’s largest animal sacrifice event

“In a glorious tribute to the power of compassion, the Gadhimai slaughter festival will now be a ‘momentous celebration of life.’

“For centuries the Gadhimai festival in Nepal has seen temple grounds awash with the blood of animals slaughtered in the name of ‘tradition’.

This sacrifice has occurred every five years for the last 300 years.

And it stopped — today.”

Read More:
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/nepal-ends-worlds-largest-animal-sacrifice-event-gadhimai.php

This is absolutely fantastic news which I must share though by now I image that most of you are already familiar with the amazing and compassionate decision by the temple trust to end the Gadhimai festival. This is the result of the efforts of many animal rights organisations and individuals including but not limited to:

Animal Welfare Network Nepal

“Today, the world’s biggest ritual slaughter of animals officially got confined to the history books. At a press conference in New Delhi, organized by AWNN, Humane Society International and People for Animals, the Gadhimai Temple Trust announced its decision to end animal sacrifice. It’s been a long, hard fought campaign full of twists and turns and some major setbacks over the last 5 years. But we have made a lot of friends along the journey and want to thank every one of YOU for your support. We have a lot of work still to do to work together with the Gadhimai Temple Trust to educate the public and make Gadhimai 2019 a great celebration of peace and nonviolence.”

Read More includes a download of timeline review
http://awnnepal.org/

Animal Nepal
https://animalnepal.wordpress.com/

Animal Nepal’s facebook page where they announce the end of the Gadhimai Festival:

“The hardest the battle, the sweetest the victory! We are overjoyed to announce the end of Gadhimai Slaughter as the temple trust agrees to cancel all future animal sacrifice and urges devotees not to bring animals to the festival. Tune into Nepal FM 91.8 MHz tomorrow 7-7:30 am where President of the Temple Trust, Ramchandra Shah goes on-air with an official announcement on the end of world’s biggest mass sacrifice!
https://www.facebook.com/animalnepal.org?fref=nf

PETA

Victory! Animal Sacrifice Banned at Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival:
“Many organisations worked to help end this atrocity, among them PETA and our international affiliates. Almost 90,000 supporters from all over the world sent messages to Nepal officials urging them to stop the bloodshed. Our friends over at PETA India also took to the streets of India to protest in a joint demo outside the Embassy of Nepal with the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations.”
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/victory-animal-sacrifice-banned-at-nepals-gadhimai-festival/

Humane Society International 

“Victory! Animal Sacrifice Banned at Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival, Half a Million Animals Saved

Gadhimai Temple Trust agrees to cancel all future animal sacrifice, urges devotees not to bring animals to the festival”

Read More:
http://www.hsi.org/world/india/news/releases/2015/07/gadhimai-festival-animal-sacrifice-cancelled-indefinitely-072815.html?referrer=http://t.co/uWI9WhMbv7

Joanna Lumley
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/11769867/Mass-animal-sacrifice-at-Nepalese-temple-halted-after-Joanna-Lumley-campaign.html

And everyone else who did their bit to try and bring this festival to a close by signing petitions, sending messages, writing letters and even going to Nepal to protest. 

It is not often that we get positive news and we can get so despairing that anything any of us do actually makes a difference.  So this is just so refreshing and positive.

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From now on, no more animal sacrifice at Nepal’s Gadhimai festival

“We have decided to completely stop the practice of animal sacrifice,” said Motilal Prasad, secretary of the Gadhimai Temple Trust, which organises the celebrations.

“I realised that animals are so much like us — they have the same organs as us… and feel the same pain we do,” Prasad told AFP.

Read More:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/from-now-on-no-more-animal-sacrifice-at-nepal-s-gadhimai-festival/article1-1374025.asp

Gadhimai Festival Slaughter Is Banned In Nepal, Saving Millions Of Animals

Manoj Gautam, founding member of AWNN and campaigner against the Gadhimai festival, said: “We applaud the temple committee’s decision to end this mass slaughter of innocent animals and hope that they will continue to support us in our future endeavors for protecting animals in the country.

“AWNN’s progressive move to work directly with the temple committee, with Humane Society International/India’s support has been the key that changed the whole face of the campaign and is the reason for the achievement we have now.”

Read More:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/07/28/gadhimai-festival-animal-sacrifice-banned_n_7886638.html

Credit:

Graphic Martyn Stewart

The above graphic was shared in the following facebook pages and probably many others;

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalAbusingScumDisclosed

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saving-Animals-WorldWide/158680997512473

Please Sign a Petition Demanding Justice for Cecil the Lion

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel

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Please sign a petition demanding justice for Cecil the lion:

Demand Justice for Cecil the Lion’s Killer
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/821/738/351/demand-justice-for-cecil-the-lion-in-zimbambwe/?TAP=1007&cid=causes_petition_postinfo

ANIMAL MURDERER: WALTER JAMES PALMER
is an American dentist WHO HAS PAID £35,000 TO SHOOT AND KILL CECIL, THE MUCH-LOVED ZIMBABWE’S LION, WITH A BOW AND ARROW.

Another of many animals Murdered by Palmer

Walter

CECIL THE LION’S KILLER REVEALED AS AMERICAN DENTIST
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zimbabwe/11767119/Cecil-the-lions-killer-revealed-as-American-dentist.html

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WALTER JAMES PALMER was accused in 2009 of SEXUAL HARASSMENT by a former employee who was also a patient, according to the Pioneer Press. He settled with the Minnesota Dentistry Board and his insurer paid $127,500 to his accuser.

WALTER PALMER: 5 FAST FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
http://heavy.com/news/2015/07/walter-palmer-minnesota-dentist-hunter-killed-cecil-the-lion-dead-shot-zimbabwe-illegal-arrested-photos-video-cubs-theo-bronchorst-trymore-ndlovu/

ANIMAL MURDERERS: BUSHMAN SAFARIS ZIMBABWE

This is the company that arranged for Cecil’s murder:

https://www.facebook.com/bushmansafaris.zimbabwe?fref=ts
ED NUGENT DEFENDS WALTER JAMES PALMER AND SAYS ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE STUPID

TED NUGENT CALLS PEOPLE ‘STUPID’ FOR BEING UPSET ABOUT THE KILLING OF CECIL THE LION
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ted-nugent-cecil-the-lion_55b91bcde4b0074ba5a736f5?ir=Entertainment&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000024

TED NUGENT ON FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/tednugent?fref=ts

TED NUGENT ON TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/tednugent

Ted Nugent is an American musician, singer, songwriter, hunter, and conservative political activist noted for his advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights.

Related Links

Demand Justice for Cecil the Lion’s Killer
http://www.care2.com/causes/demand-justice-for-cecil-the-lions-killer.html

Please Sign Petitions to Help Save Elephants

Most people know that forests are the lungs of our planet, literally playing a critical role in every breath we take. And that they’re also home to incredible animals like the orangutan and elephant, which will go extinct if we keep cutting down their forests.

Chris Noth

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The continued existence of elephants seems contstantly under threat, if it’s not poaching and the ivory trade, and the destruction of their environment it is the live exportation of these amazing creatures who are torn away from their families in the cause of greed. If nothing can be done to stop the exploitation of these animals by the year 2020 they will be extinct.

Petitions

Urge Zimbabwe to Ban Live Export of the Country’s Elephants

“Zimbabwe is now allowing calves to be ripped from their mothers and sold off to anyone willing pay in unprecedented numbers. More disturbingly, the Zimbabwean government has indicated that many more elephants and other animals might be similarly captured from the wild, to be crated up and shipped off to international buyers.”

Please sign this urgent petition for elephants! Urge Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe to ban live export of the country’s elephants and step-up efforts to combat criminal poaching.”

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/710/684/839/?z00m=25198377&redirectID=1744837304

Elephants deserve better, all animals do. Captivity is no life for any sentient being. Recall the previous entry the terrible life that circus elephant Nosey suffers or the elephants who are the focus of the following petition, used and abused for entertainment:

Petition

STOP Elephant Abuse!!!

“Since when did riding an Elephant become acceptable? Indiana State Fair should NOT allow such activities to be preformed. PLEASE sign this petition to stop the abuse!!!!

Because of the unnatural environments in which they live, captive elephants often suffer from debilitating foot conditions, arthritis and other ailments.”

Read more and please sign the petition
https://www.change.org/p/indiana-state-house-and-pete-visclosky-stop-elephant-abuse

Animals like us want their freedom to live as nature intended. As highly Intelligent animals, elephants are socially complex, they form close family bonds as we do and like us they grieve at the loss of a son or daughter.

Read more about the intricate social lives of these fascinating animals:
http://www.elephantvoices.org/elephant-sense-a-sociality-4/elephants-are-socially-complex.html

Read an article and view a moving video of the reunion of an elephant and her calf

The journey of MeBai and her Mother

Published on Apr 7, 2015

MeBai she had a chance to stay with her mother only 3 and a half years before being sold to a tourism industry, she used to take a training program to entertain the tourist as the elephant riding service. And because she was too young, she began to lose weight and could not able to carry the tourist any longer. Fortunately, Lek has helped MeBai and brought her to Elephant Nature Park to retire her from working in the trekking business and included her into Pamper a Pachyderm program. Me-Bai was nervous and wary of people when she first arrived at the sanctuary, but she quickly learned that her new caretakers had no intention of abusing her in any way. Lek has found this young elephant’s Mother, her name is Mae Yui, she has been sent to another trekking camp nearby our sanctuary. So, Lek decided to invite Mae Yui owner to learn about “Pamper a Pachyderm program”. From this amazing destiny, they agreed to retire her from Trekking Business. Now, Mae Yui’s owners and Elephant Nature Park are working together to rehabilitate Mae Yui and Me-Bai so that they can return to the wild and live free.
http://www.saveelephant.org

Baby elephant torn from its mother has passionate reunion
http://www.grindtv.com/wildlife/baby-elephant-torn-from-its-mother-has-passionate-reunion/#KofvGwLe2vSkkmRs.97

lf you have time watch this delightful video of the friendship between an elephant and a sheep

Wild and Woolly, An Elephant and his Sheep (Full documentary)

Published on Jul 5, 2013

This is an extraordinary tale of an amazing friendship between a baby elephant, a sheep and a handful of people at Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre. Themba, the baby elephant, lost his mother after she fell down a cliff. The team at the Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre rescued him and for two years they dedicated their lives to getting this very special orphan back to the wild.

Themba befriended a very patient sheep named Albert, and together they formed a bond as strong as any human friendship. Albert never left Themba’s side and would follow Themba and his carers on long walks; share in Themba’s favourite snack of acacia pods; and when Themba took a dust bath, so did Albert. If any of the other animals at the Rehabilitation Centre tried to join in their fun and games, super protective Albert would make it quite clear that they were most unwelcome. The unlikely pair made friends with a baby giraffe, and enemies with a baby hippo. There was never a dull moment when Themba and Albert were around!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w30hgwFkXd8

There is no doubt about it elephants are sentient beings capable of intense emotions just like us. To tear these elephants from their social group and keep them in captivity is immoral  – evil would not be too strong a word.

Most people agree that elephants need protecting from unscrupulous greedy people who have no care for their welfare or the continuance of their species. Self centred, profiteering, money is all they care about yet these people get away with it time and time again. It has to stop before it is too late.

Please sign both petitions above and send the following message concerning Nosey if you have not already done so:
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/nosey-elephant-help-ohio/?utm_campaign=071015%20PETA%20E-News&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News

Related Links

Unforgettable Elephants
Elephant Emotions

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/unforgettable-elephants-elephant-emotions/5886/

African Elephants May Be Extinct By 2020 Because People Keep Eating With Ivory Chopsticks:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/30/ivory-trade-elephants-extinct_n_5631782.html

Please Take Action to Help Save A Sick Lonely Elephant

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel

The following article is about an American animal abuser of a defenseless, innocent and ill elephant. Please read more and send the message to the Great Lakes Medieval Faire.

ANIMAL ABUSER: HUGO TOMMY LIEBEL

American exhibitor HUGO TOMMY LIEBEL, also known as HUGO T. LIEBEL, whose mailing address is P.O. BOX 3220, DAVENPORT, FLORIDA 33836, does business as FLORIDA STATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT, LLC, FLORIDA STATE FAMILY CIRCUS, LIEBLING BROTHERS CIRCUS, and LIEBLING BROTHERS FAMILY CIRCUS.

HUGO TOMMY LIEBEL’S ANIMAL-WELFARE VIOLATIONS IN THE US SPAN DECADES. He has been cited for nearly 200 VIOLATIONS of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), and in 2013, he was ordered to pay a penalty following nearly THREE DOZEN CHARGES for AWA violations, including FOR CHAINING ELEPHANT NOSEY SO TIGHTLY THAT SHE COULD BARELY MOVE, DENYING HER ADEQUATE VETERINARY CARE, AND ENDANGERING THE PUBLIC.

THE GREAT LAKES MEDIEVAL FAIRE in ROCK CREEK, OHIO, US, has confirmed that it will be using the suffering Nosey (aka “Tiny”) again this year, even after an elephant expert and veterinarian observed her at the fair in 2014 and warned fair owners that the elephant was showing signs of DEBILITATING AND PAINFUL ARTHRITIS, a condition that can be fatal in elephants.

Please send a message to the Great Lakes Medieval Faire urging its organizers to make the prudent and compassionate decision to CANCEL NOSEY’S APPEARANCES IMMEDIATELY AND NEVER HOST HER AGAIN.

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/nosey-elephant-help-ohio/?utm_campaign=071015%20PETA%20E-News&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News

THE AGONIZING STORY OF NOSEY THE CIRCUS ELEPHANT.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sangita-iyer/elephant-abuse_b_5769818.html

HEARTBREAKING FOOTAGE OF NOSEY: THE SADDEST ELEPHANT.
http://www.peta2.com/blog/nosey-elephant-abuse/

Fox Hunting Update: Urgent Petition to the SNP

135463-1436442722-wideThis is an urgent update to the previous post concerning Wednesday’s vote on an amendment to the fox-hunting act.

Please sign the following petition to Nicola Sturgeon leader of the Scottish National Party SNP. Their vote is crucial to help stop the Tories winning the vote. If the SNP do not vote there is a strong risk that hunting foxes will return to the UK after decades of campaigning to end this brutality.

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URGENT: Ask SNP to vote against fox hunting next week!

“The UK Government has just announced that MPs will vote NEXT WEEK on whether to relax the ban on hunting wild mammals with dogs in England and Wales – that is, whether to decriminalise fox hunting.

Fox hunting is a cruel bloodsport where poor foxes are chased down with dogs and often torn apart alive before being shot by huntsmen. Foxes control their own numbers and do not need culling.

Keeping fox hunting banned via the vote next week critically depends on whether the Scottish National Party (SNP) MPs vote. The SNP is against fox hunting, and would vote against repealing the Hunting Act. However, because this vote is about laws in England and Wales, and does not affect Scotland where fox hunting will remain banned, the SNP has not yet decided whether it will vote at all.”

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/135/463/309/  – anyone from any country may sing so please everyone do sign.

You can also e-mail Nicola Sturgeon Email: FirstMinister@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Other contact details for Nicola Sturgeon :
https://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/currentmsps/28558.aspx

Also please take the suggested actions included in the previous post if you have not already done so:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/please-take-urgent-action-to-stop-the-tories-amending-the-fox-hunting-act/  – includes contact forms for sending messages to MP,s , MPs e-mail details so you can use or own e-mail – often the most effective way to send a message – and other contact details

You may also write to your MP by sending the following from the International Fund For Animal Welfare IFAW. Please click:  Stop the hunting act from being amended   – Please edit and add your own words if possible but send as it is if you cannot do this.

There are many ways to help and a lot of people who are concerned about animals are campigning with urgency to stop what amounts to bringing back fox hunting by the back door.

Please don’t delay this is urgent the vote takes place this coming Wednesday July 15th

There is no place in a compassionate ethical society for such shocking brutality to any creature. In a progressive society laws should be in place and strictly enforced to prevent such atrocities such as chasing a sentient creature who feels pain and simply wishes to live with a pack of dogs and watching has the poor animal is torn to pieces.

The majority of people in the UK support the hunting ban, 80% say they want the hunting ban to remain, and 85% want deer hunting to stay illegal.

If you are sitting on the fence concerning the above issue be sure to read the following:

Former fox hunter exposes full scale of bloodsport’s barbarity as David Cameron seeks its return.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/former-fox-hunter-exposes-full-6054986

Please Take Urgent Action to Stop the Tories Amending the Fox Hunting Act.

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This attempt to reintroduce this brutal practice … would be a disaster for British wildlife and society as a whole
David Bowles,

If you do not have the time to read further please at least sign the petition but please try and take as much action as you can:
https://www.change.org/p/no-amendment-to-the-hunting-act-petitioning-david-cameron-and-the-house-of-lords    More Urgent actions you can take further down. 

While everyone is preoccupied with the budget the Tories intend to sneak in a quick vote in an attempt to amend the fox hunting Act. This is the government’s attempt to relax  fox hunting legislation by the back door. It is an underhanded attempt by this vile government to wreak the hunting act because they don’t have the majority to repeal the Act itself.

Take Urgent Action – there are many ways you can voice your opinion from signing a simple petition to emailing, tweeting and phoning your MP. Please take as much action as you can. The petition can be signed by anyone world-wide and anyone can e-mail David Cameron.

“The Government has announced that it is planning a vote on watering down the Hunting Act which would result in the widespread return of barbaric cruel sports such as fox hunting.

What does watering down the Hunting Act mean?

By amending the Hunting Act, the government would be deliberately and cynically making it easier for hunts to chase and kill foxes, and harder for them to be convicted when they break the law. This is not about hunting foxes for pest control. It’s about hunting foxes for fun.

Hunting with hounds, whether the victims are foxes, deer or hares, is nothing but a cruel pastime carried out by a minority who like to see animals ripped apart.”

It is vital that you contact your MP so that they know voting to water down the Hunting Act is a vote for animal cruelty pure and simple.”

Please please contact your MP now and share this widely

Please click the following link to read more and take action:
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/hunting/protect-the-hunting-act  We only have until Wednesday 15th July!  So please act now and take as much of the suggested action as possible.

If you prefer to use your own e-mail you can also contact your MP by clicking the following link:
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/contacting-your-mp/  – Also fax,  telephone and or send a tweet.

You could also contact your MP by using PETA’s on-line form which has a template which will give you some idea what to write. Please do try and use your own words for more impact, but if this is not possible for any reason do send it as it is.
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=38695&ea.tracking.id=pukaeadv&ea.url.id=428329

Personally I think using your own e-mail is more likely to get noticed.

Please also write to Nicola Sturgeon and ask that Scottish MPs be allowed to vote against the changes, even though they only apply to England.

Contact Nicola Sturgeon :
https://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/currentmsps/28558.aspx

Also

Scottish National Party MPs Twitter and Email contacts list:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-the-cull/scottish-national-party-mps-twitter-contacts-list/676648422440862 – please e-mail and Tweet Scottish National Party MPs.

Petition

No Amendment to The Hunting Act

“The Prime Minister promised a repeal on The Hunting Act 2004 in his manifesto but now realises that he cannot risk a free vote on repeal as it is likely he would lose.

Instead of respecting the democratic view of the majority of the population (Over 80% in the most recent poll)  who are against hunting with dogs Mr Cameron has found a way to force through unwarranted changes that will once again allow animals to be ripped apart by packs of dogs in the name of sport. Animal abuse is not sport!”

https://www.change.org/p/no-amendment-to-the-hunting-act-petitioning-david-cameron-and-the-house-of-lords

If you do not live in the UK please make your views known concerning the barbarity and cruelty of hunting a helpless animal with a pack of dogs by signing the above petition. Please Also write to David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon

Please send an e-mail:
https://email.number10.gov.uk/

More contact details for Cameron including Twitter, please send him a tweet, fax or telephone.
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-cameron/1467

This shames our country, is not democratic – 80% of the population are opposed to fox-hunting for any reason – it is animal abuse pure and simply to please those who find pleasure in killing a defenceless animal. Hunting with dogs, any kind of hunting of the other creatures with whom we share this earth is wrong, plain and simply wrong, most of us know this, yet this cruelty continues here and elsewhere in the world. The ban on Fox hunting should remain in place not amended or reinstated. We cannot allow these over privileged psychopaths to take us back to this barbarity.

It sickens me that with all the misery and suffering in this world, a good deal of it here in the UK as a result of warped Tory policy, that this government should spend so much time and attention on reinstating a cruel pastime for the minority of sick individuals.

More Information

Government publishes amendment to fox hunting act ahead of free vote

Animal charities appalled at proposals that could see a return to the hunts of old, with packs of dogs chasing live prey

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/09/government-publishes-amendment-fox-hunting-act-free-vote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32889769

 

Celebrate the Dalai Lama’s Birthday by Taking Action to Help the People of Tibet

Today is the Dalai Lama’s birthday, at least according the Gregorian calendar, though his birthday according to the Tibetan lunar calendar was June 22nd which is when it was celebrated in Tibet even though the celebration of his birthday is banned by the Chinese authorities who have occupied the country since 1950.

To celebrate the birthday of this man of peace please read the following information and take the suggested actions from “Free Tibet”  Also you will find a selection of quotations at the end of this post.

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If you are not familiar with the facts about the Chinese occupation and brutal oppression of the Tibetan people you can read the above, click the link below for interactive links to more detailed information:
http://freetibet.org/about/facts-about-tibet

Thousands Gather to Celebrate Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday

DHARAMSALA:  The Dalai Lama marked his 80th birthday on Sunday and vowed to continue to work for promotion of religious harmony as thousands of Tibetans and supporters joined the celebrations at the main temple Tsuglakhang at Mcleod Ganj.
Read More:
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/thousands-gather-to-celebrate-dalai-lamas-80th-birthday-773928

The Dalai Lama’s birthday was also celebrated during a visit to Glastonbury where the crowds at the famous music festival sang happy birthday.

Here’s a video of thousands singing Happy Birthday to the Dalai Lama with Patti Smith on the Pyramid Stage – an act that would be dangerous in occupied Tibet:

The Dalai Lama speaks at Glastonbury 2015 ahead of his 80th Birthday

A similar celebration would not have happened in Tibet where even owning a photograph of the Dali Lama is banned with serious consequences for non compliance.

See more photos from Glastonbury:
Free Tibet’s photos of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Glastonbury

You can read more about the Dalai Lama and oppression and injustice in occupied Tibet:
http://freetibet.org/dalailama

Take Action

Please watch and share this short Video

Ask your country’s leaders to meet the Dalai Lama

Both the US and UK fail to support Tibetans’ struggle for freedom. The UK even praises China’s “investment” in Tibet:
http://freetibet.org/news-media/na/tibet-seen-london-and-washington

China promises “dire consequences” if foreign political leaders meet the Dalai Lama. In giving in to bullying by Beijing, governments are allowing an undemocratic regime which routinely abuses human rights the power to dictate policy to them. They are also turning their backs on the Dalai Lama’s standing as a representative of peace, and the hopes of the Tibetan people.Join our campaign and ask your leaders to meet the Dalai Lama.

For more information and to take action click the link above.

Tell world leaders to meet the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is visiting the UK and USA in the near future.
http://freetibet.org/standing-china  – note though the deadline for the Dalai Lama’s UK visit is past there is a further visit planned later in the year.

At the present time the Dalai Lama’s schedules include the UK and USA but please visit this page even if you do not live in either of these countries and where possible send e-mail and write to the listed politicians, officials and leaders, sign petitions and please share widely.

Can you help get the truth about Tibet into schools?

It may surprise you to know that cities throughout the UK and worldwide are hosts to the Chinese government’s educational programme called Confucius Classrooms.

In the UK and worldwide Schools and other institutions of education receive thousands of pounds each year in funding from the Chinese government and have even been provided with Chinese teachers who are answerable to Beijing.

The Chinese government’s Confucius educational programme financially supports more than 650 Confucius Classrooms in junior and high schools across the world. The number is growing on a weekly basis. Described by a senior official as “an important part of our overseas propaganda set-up”, the Classrooms provide an opportunity for China’s government to provide a positive image of China and hide the truth about Tibet.

Read more about Confucius classrooms and please take the suggested action:
http://freetibet.org/countering-chinas-influence

Visit this page for a map showing the location and website for each UK school and some suggestions for a message you could send, including resources teachers can use.
http://freetibet.org/confucius

If you are not in the UK or have already contacted your minister, write directly to the head of the Confucius Institute in Beijing to demand that China keeps its propaganda out of schools: http://freetibet.org/email_targets/2309

Please take as much action as you can, the people of Tibet have lived their lives under the tyranny of China for 65 years and the world’s governments have done little to help them.

Please visit Free Tibet’s website where you will find more information and further actions you may take.

http://freetibet.org/

Quotes by the Dalai Lama
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

“I believe the most important thing for humankind is its own creativity. I further believe that, in order to be able to exercise this creativity, people need to be free.”

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”

Read the Dalai Lama’s thoughts concerning:

Human Rights, Democracy and Freedom

This year, 2008, marks the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948–2008). This declaration affirms that all human beings have the right to freedom from want and freedom from fear. These human rights are inclusive, interdependent and universal.

Whether we are concerned with suffering born of poverty, with denial of freedom, with armed conflict, or with a reckless attitude to the natural environment everywhere, we should not view these events in isolation. Eventually their repercussions are felt by all of us. We, therefore, need effective international action to address these global issues from the perspective of the oneness of humanity, and from a profound understanding of the deeply interconnected nature of today’s world.

Read More:
http://www.dalailama.com/messages/world-peace/human-rights-democracy-and-freedom