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How To Help As An Expat Or Tourist

For those Expats living here:

  • Write to the Nepalese embassies, government, political parties and Nepalese media pressurizing for awareness raising and enactment of laws to stop animal sacrifices. See sample letter below.
  • Talk to Nepalese living in your home country about animal sacrifice, and explain that it shows Nepal in a poor light.
  • Organize peaceful protests and candle light vigils during Dasain festival.
  • Sign our online petition.
  • Support this website with your donations.

For those just visiting Nepal:

  • Do not join tour companies which practice animal sacrifice or take tourists to temples where animals are sacrificed.
  • Do not witness sacrifices. Tourists taking photos of sacrifice rituals perpetuates the thought in Nepalese minds that this is an interesting Nepalese tradition.
  • While in Nepal, tell the people you meet that you don't like animals being sacrificed and that it shows Nepal in very poor light.
  • In your own country, when you meet any Nepalese, ask them what they are doing to stop animal sacrifices in Nepal.
  • Write to the Nepalese embassies, government, political parties and the Nepalese media and pressure them for awareness-raising media campaigns, and to enact of laws to stop animal sacrifices.
Sample Letter
Writing and faxing letters is an effective way to get the attention of government officials. In this regard, we have provided a letter template that can be used to do the job (below). Feel free to personalize the letter (just cut and paste into your word processor). Addresses of key players are supplied below the letter for your easy mailing convenience.
Right Honorable Prime Minister
Prime Minister’s Office

Singha Durbar

Kathmandu

NEPAL

Dear Prime Minister,

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 to regulate sacrifice, instead the government supports blood sacrifices by providing subsidies.

Apart from regular sacrifice 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 know is the annual sacrifice taking place during Kalratri, Dasain, when the priests of Taleju Temple kill water buffaloes 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 it 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 touching 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 what many belief, animals suffer tremendously before and during sacrifice. They are generally hurt during transportation, starved and dehydrated, and 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, it is also known to influence certain people to commit violence on other humans.

3.It strengthens vested interests – Sacrifices generally boosts 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 followed by the introduction of the Meat Act, which introduces humane killing of livestock and poultry. 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 confused and with a heavy heart, 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 to curb animal cruelty and by promoting genuine animal welfare activities across the country.

I trust that you will support these measures (which are becoming more popular by the day, around the globe and thus promote non-violent cultural practices Nepal.


Yours sincerely,

NAME/ADDRESS GOES HERE
Send The Letter To The Following People And Organizations
    People
  • Honorable Prime Minister
    Office of the Prime Minister, Singha Durbar
    Faxes: + 977 1 227 286 or 428 570
  • Honorable State Minister for Foreign Affairs
    Address: Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
    Tel: 977-1-4416011, 4416012, 4416013, 4416014, 4416015
    Fax: 977-1-4416016
  • Right Honorable President Dr Ram Baran Yadav
    Office of the President
    Sheetal Niwas, Kathmandu
    Fax no ++ 977 - 1 – 4416495
  • Honorable Minister
    Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives,
    Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal.
    Phone: 4211706,4211950,4211981,4211898,4211841,4211648,4211961, 4211905
    Fax: 977-1- 4211935, 4211839
  • Honorable 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
    Organizations
  • Nepal Political Parties ncparty@wlink.com.np, communistparty@hotmail.com, rppnepal@enet.com.np, tmdp64@gmail.com, ucpnm.chq@gmail.com, cpnunified@gmail.com
  • Madhesi’s People’s Right Forum Fax nr: ++ (977 -1) 5541278
  • 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