20,000 buffaloes sacrificed on 1st day at Gadhimai
GADHIMAI TEMPLE, Nepal (Nov. 24, 2009) -- Despite widespread criticism and repeated appeals by groups from home and abroad to stop a mass sacrifice of animals at Gadhimai temple, some 20,000 buffaloes were murdered as sacrifice on the first day of a two-day Hindu religious fair there Tuesday.
The bloodbath began after the chief priest, Mangal Chaudhary, offered panchabali (five-fold sacrifice of a rat, a pig, a pigeon, a buffalo, and a goat) in the morning, thereby formally inaugurating the festival during which some 300,000 animals and birds are to be slaughtered over two days.
- Nepal: Hindu Festival (New York Times)
This is what the "sacrificial" killing looks like on the human/animal plane (Republica).
The scene was like a battlefield because of the screaming of the men. It was violent and chaotic with the men charging at the more than 15,000 animals with their khukuris and swords and the scared buffaloes starting to run helter-skelter.
What can be done?
- AHIMSA Center
The Ahimsa Center was established in 2004 in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (csupomona.edu).
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
PETA's animal rights campaigns include ending fur and leather use, meat and dairy consumption, [Nepalese sacrifices], fishing, hunting, trapping, factory farming... Contact - Action Center - Cruelty-Free Living - Shop - Media Center - About - Animals Used for Clothing - Jobs
- Buddhist Resources on Vegetarianism and Animal Welfare
Includes both doctrinal and practical materials and links to sites with general resources (online.sfsu.edu).
- Francis Story "The Place of Animals in Buddhism"
So in the Buddhist texts animals are always treated with great sympathy and understanding. Some animals, such as the elephant, the horse, and the Naga... (web.ukonline.co.uk).
- Dharma Realm Buddhist Association - Dharma
Buddhism and Animals: A Buddhist Vision of Humanity's Rightful Relationship with... "Liberating Animals in Ming-Qing China: Buddhist Inspiration and Elite... (drba.org).
- Buddhist Prayer for Liberation of Brother and Sister Animals
For the 1000's of elephants soon to be killed in South Africa and for the billions of non-humans... (animalliberationfront.com).