Please protest massive, ritualistic animal torture in Nepal: two petitions, one sample letter
Editor’s Note: No country is safe for animals: speciesism knows no boundaries to depravity, exploitation, and suffering. In this alert we are protesting massive, ritualistic torture in Nepal, but please understand, all countries participate in some form of hideous animal sacrifice, be it for food, fur, fun, or pharma. I was verbally accosted with an ignorant, righteous statement a few weeks ago regarding a different form of ritualistic slaughter, and the indignant party exclaimed, “this does NOT happen in the US, what savages!” On the contrary, the United States has perfected torture, it’s called steak, circuses, vanity, and drugs, no industry treats animals as anything other than commodities, the animal who is skinned alive for fur, eviscerated while conscious for hamburgers, ripped tracheally for religious exemptions, and beaten to perform are ALL treated in hellish manners, please reject every manner of such. SR
1. Sign Stop the Gadhimai Massacre 2014
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3. Send SAMPLE LETTER
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Please note: Sample letter, addresses, faxes, and phones numbers all courtesy of Stop Animal Sacrifice, feel free to visit the site for additional protest information and background.
From Stop Animal Sacrifice Organization
Animals are sacrificed as part of the Hindu festival, with the hope that the sacrifice will lead to the fulfillment of wishes by the goddess. It is estimated that more than 250,000 animals were killed during the period of sacrifice in 2009 while 5 million people visited Gadhimai during the festival.This centuries-old tradition is observed every five years in Gadhimai premises located in the village of Bariyapur of Bara District of Nepal near the border with India.Male domestic Asian water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis)(locally called “PaaDa”) are the preferred species to offer to the goddess. Several other species including male goats(Khasi), chickens(Murgha), Pigeons(Parewa), Ducks(Batakh) and some rats(Moos), are also killed.
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SAMPLE LETTER, courtesy of Stop Animal Sacrifice
Dear Prime Minister & Whom It Concerns,
I would like to express my deep concern about extreme cases of animal cruelty being conducted in the name of religion in Nepal.
In Nepal, animal sacrifice is widely practiced. There are no rules of regulation; rather, the government supports blood sacrifices by providing subsidies.
Apart from regular sacrifices at Goddess temples, extreme cruelty is conducted at certain festivals including the live skinning and burning of animals, slow killings through throat slitting, killing with unsharp knives, public beheadings, et cetera.
Well-known is the annual sacrifice taking place during Kalratri, Dasain, when the priests of Taleju Temple kill waterbuffaloes throughout the night, followed by the sacrifice of 108 buffaloes by the army in the Kot courtyard during the next day.
Another is the Khokana Festival, held in August, during which a terrified goat is thrown in the Deu-pond close to the Rudrayani temple, after which the animal is torn apart whilst still alive by a group of young men.
Another is the Gadimai Festival in Bara District which is ‘celebrated’ by sacrificing around 200,000 animals. Here innocent creatures are killed en masse in an unorganised manner by devotees, which includes the public beheading of 20,000 buffaloes.
A similarly barbaric event is the Sasarimaiko Mela in Mahottari, which is held every twelve years and witnesses the killing of at least 10,000 animals.
No one can adequately explain why these practices are carried out year after year – except to say they are ‘traditional’. This however is not a valuable argument to commence these practices; Nepal, realizing the adverse effects, has abolished a number of ‘traditions’ in the past, including human sacrifice and widow burning.
I encourage you to abolish the above practices for the following reasons:
1. It hurts them – Contrary to what many believe, animals suffer tremendously before and during sacrifice. They are generally hurt during transportation, starved and dehydrated, and they are often purposely killed slowly and painfully, as it is believed that the goddess prefers slow deaths. In certain rituals animals are skinned alive, torn apart by human teeth or tortured to such an extent they die from stress and shock.
2. It hurts us – Cruelty against animals harms society as a whole; it signals and normalizes insensitivity in children who can become numb to the suffering of living beings, and it is also proven to influence certain people to commit violence on other humans.
3. It strengthens vested interests – Sacrifices generally boost the interests of those who benefit from superstition-based beliefs and rituals. As Nepal is moving ahead to become a more fully democratic, egalitarian society, it is crucial to challenge age-old beliefs which are not beneficial and drain the resources of the poor and needy.
4. It contradicts the spirit of laws – Nepal is concerned about the welfare of its precious flora and fauna, and has signed a number of international Wildlife Treaties. The cruelty displayed in these so-called traditions completely contradicts the spirit and gestures of these treaties and acts.
5. It is bad for tourism – As tourists are abhorred by such practices, the festivals will have an adverse effect on tourism, an industry which provides the country with much-needed financial returns. Those foreigners who experience or come to know the extent of sacrifice in this country leave Nepal traumatized, disgusted, and deeply saddened, rather than uplifted by its paradoxical beauty and friendliness.
I urge you to end the violent practices and help Nepal move towards a truly peaceful country, and in keeping with its international image. This can be done by introducing and enforcing a much-needed Animal Welfare Act and promoting genuine animal welfare activities across the country.
I trust that you will support these measures, which are becoming more popular by the day, globally, and thus promote non-violent cultural practices in Nepal. Until such a time, however, it will be necessary to boycott Nepal both as a tourist and via commerce as well as encourage others to participate in a boycott as well.
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COMPLETE ADDRESS DETAILS
Nepal Political Parties, Individual emails (same as above group, different sending capability):
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Nepali Congress Central Office
B.P. Smriti Bhawan, B.P.Nagar, Sanepa, Lalitpur, Nepal
Fax : ++ (977-1) 5555188
Communist Party of Nepal (CPN ML)
Rastriya Prajatantra Party
Head of Party: Pashupati Sumsher Rana
Nepal Workers and Peasants Party
Head of Party: Narayan Man Bijukche
Fax No: ++(977-1) 6613207
Tarai Madhesh Loktantrik Party
Head of Party: Mahanta Thakur
Fax No: ++(977-1) 4462383
Madhesi’s People’s Right Forum
Fax nr: ++ (977 -1) 5541278
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)
Head of Party: Pushpa Kamal Dahal
Address: Buddha Nagar
Fax: 01 4602289
Communist Party of Nepal (Unified)
Head of Party: Ram Singh Shris (Rajbir)
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
Right Honarable President Dr Ram Baran Yadav
Office of the President
Sheetal Niwas, Kathmandu
Fax no ++ 977 – 1 – 4416495
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives,
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Phone: 4211706,4211950,4211981,4211898,4211841,4211648,4211961, 4211905
Fax: 977-1- 4211935, 4211839
Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel.: 4211992, 4211669, 4211846, 4211847, 4211711, 4211685, 4211825, 4231196, 4211909
Fax: 977 1 4211758
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
Ministry of Home Affairs
Address: Singha Durbar, Kathmandu,Nepal
Tel: 977-1-4211261, 4211212, 4211274, 4211249, 4211224
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