Target: President of Nepal, Ram Baran Yadav
Goal: Protest the slaughtering of animals in Nepal’s festival
In Bariyarpur, Nepal, hundreds of thousands of animals are slaughtered every five years as part of a 260-year-old ritual. These animals are slaughtered at the site of a temple of the Hindu goddess Gadhimai. The process is meant to be an offering to the goddess in exchange for prosperity.
The last festival took place in 2009, and it was estimated that 250,000 animals were killed that year as part of this festival. This year, the animals (chickens, buffalo, goats, etc.) will be taken to Bariyarpur, where they will then be forced to the brink of starvation. The beginning of the festival starts with the beheading of 10,000 buffalo, with hundreds of men hacking at the animals with dull blades until they are dead.
The Gadhimai festival’s organizing committee says that this year will be expected to have the largest attendance yet, which means that even more animals will meet a horrible death in order to continue this cruel ritual. Nepal has a large tourist industry that has suffered due to the international community’s condemnation of the 2009 festival, yet the tradition still continues. Please help put pressure on Nepal’s government to stop this brutal slaughtering of innocent animals.
Dear President Ram Baran Yadav,
The upcoming Gadhimai festival is expected to be your largest yet, meaning that more animals than ever before will undergo a massive killing. While I understand that this tradition is part of the history of Nepal, it is undoubtedly cruel to push so many animals to the brink of starvation and then put them through a bloody slaughter.
The brutality of this “religious” ritual has drawn criticism internationally, and the cruelty of this practice needs to be addressed before even more animals meet a gruesome end. I urge you to put an end to this slaughter and make the festival a peaceful one instead. This could potentially even help the tourism in your country by demonstrating that you no longer partake in barbaric practices. The neighboring country of India, for example, supports a large number of Hindus who condemn such practices. By changing the Gadhimai tradition, you may be able to attract more tourism from practicing Hindus in India.
Please do the right thing and put an end to this blood bath and enjoy your festival this year without the killing of these innocent animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNP)