Please show your support and help to save the lives of Khokana Goats that are Brutally torn apart by many Men, who Ferociously use their bare hands and teeth during a Yearly Festival in Khokana.
Khokana: Khokana festival is held every year in August, the day after Gai Jatra. A 5-6 month old goat is thrown in a pond close to Rudrayani Temple in Khokana, a village in the south of Kathmandu Valley. Nine young men enter the pond and start to tear the goat apart by grasping its legs, ears, hoof or tail. The one who manages to kill the goat is the hero and leads the Shinkali dance which is held afterwards. Khokana residents have witnessed the barbaric scene year in year out and think it provides religious merit. It is not clear why and when the cruel goat-killing was introduced. Locals believe that when children started to drown in the pond in the 12th century, residents started to drown a live goat to appease the gods. However, there is evidence showing that devotees in former times offered fruits and flowers in the temple and that the act with the struggling goat was introduced to create a spectacle.
Most Nepalese people see this practice as barbaric. Shamefully, the government is supporting the atrocity by funding. HSI is joining our local partners in Nepal, Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre and Animal Nepal, along with other animal protection groups to call on the Nepalese government to put an end to this outdated tradition. Religious leaders are suggesting that fruits and vegetables be substituted for animals to stop the suffering.
We the undersigned would like to express our deep concern about extreme cases of animal cruelty being conducted within the Kingdom of Nepal. No one can adequately explain why these practices are carried out year after year and why His Majesty's Government financially supports some of them.
We feel the time has come to abolish the above practices. We 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.
We 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 in the Kingdom. Thankyou.
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