First publishd by The Kathmandu Post
The recent decision to phase out slaughter places in the Valley will not change the way animals are killed inhumanely across the country
On June 23, when a male buffalo created havoc in the heart of the city, we were reminded of the grim realities behind our beloved buff momos. The animal reportedly escaped from a slaughter place in Teku, attacking motorbikes and pedestrians, injuring 10.
After several attempts, the police managed to restrain the animal. It must have been a great relief to the injured, but one can’t help feeling deeply saddened by the image of the exhausted animal, restrained and hobbled, its nose touching the electricity pole it was tied to.
By now the buffalo, who was later auctioned off, is most probably dead. You might have even eaten part of it when having a plate of momos. Continue reading
First published by Republica
Among the many disturbing images of the animal sacrifices at the Gadhimai festival that took place in November 2014, there was one that stood out. It is that of a young man standing in a large field littered with buffalo heads and corpses, holding up a banner. The banner says ‘Windows of Choice’ and shows pictures of animals, both loved and abused. On the man’s shoulder sits a young, white pigeon, perched firmly, as if holding on for its life.
The image was uploaded on Facebook and went viral. Campaigners drew strength from the lone crusader and the surviving white bird. The unknown campaigner became known as ‘The bird man of Gadhimai’. Continue reading