Petition sent to: Dr Ram Baran Yadav (Right Honorable President), Mr. Sushil Koirala (Primer Minister), Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey (Honorable State Minister for Foreign Affairs), Mr. Hari Prasad Parajuli (Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives), Mr. Blunders (Minister of Peace and Reconstruction), Mr. Bam Dev Gautam (Minister of Home Affairs), Mr. Bhim Acharya (Minister of Tourism), Nepali Congress Central Office, Communist Party of Nepal, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Head of Party, Tarai Madhesh Loktantrik Party Head of Party, Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Communist Party of Nepal (Unified).
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am shattered to learn that, in spite of the huge national and international outcry against the Gadhimai animal sacrifice, Nepalese authorities have failed to take action to prevent the bloodshed. On the contrary, the government of Nepal helped fund the festival in 2009.
Every single animal sacrificed has a will to live — just like us — and suffers severely during the brutal slaughter. We have long known about animals‘ ability to feel pain, their intelligence and their emotional capacity, which have all now been scientifically proven worldwide.
Reportedly, most animals at Gadhimai do not die in a single strike because the knives are too dull; eyewitnesses have seen animal victims struggle until their last breath. The still-living animals are subjected to utter terror, forced to watch their peers dying painful deaths.
It is undisputed that ritual animal sacrifice is a part of human history. However, it absolutely should not be a part of modern society. As we progress, we must discontinue traditions that are not in consonance with morality — especially those that involve senseless torture to sentient beings. Obviously, this is why Nepal has already abolished human sacrifice as well as sati, the burning of widows on the pyres of their husbands.
I am disheartened to learn that Nepal is in fact encouraging and capitalizing on the deaths of innocent beings in the name of a tradition started by an irrational thought. Hundreds of thousands of animals should not die simply because Bhagwan Chaudhary dreamt that his problems would be solved if he made a blood sacrifice to the goddess Gadhimai.
When Nepal supports this massacre, it contradicts its development efforts and, needless to say, hampers the country's image in the global world.
I therefore urge you to please:
1. Withdraw all financial support to the Gadhimai animal sacrifice.
2. End Gadhimai’s barbaric sacrificial rituals.
3. Introduce strong laws banning animal sacrifice in Nepal.
4. Encourage devotees to engage in symbolic sacrifices of white pumpkins, gourds, etc.
5. Keeping in line with the original tradition started by Mr. Chaudhary, organize a blood camp where devotees give their own blood (a few drops) to appease the deity.