Nimal Nepal Kathmandu, June 24, 2016– What would you do if you were packed in in a truck, tied from your nose, without water or food, for over a day, and then upon arrival got hit with a hammer by a butcher, trying to kill you with entirely outdated methods? Animal Nepal launched a campaign Stop the trucks and Sledgehammers, after another buffalo escaped from a slaughterhouse creating havoc at the capital city. The buffalo had sledgehammer marks on his forehead which clearly meant that the the animal had escaped from slaughterhouse nearby. Animal Nepal recently sent a Letter to editor The Himalayan Times against inhumane transportation and killing of buffaloes.
Animals have been paying us their life for fulfilling our basic needs since the beginning of mankind. But are their basic needs fulfilled in terms of food, shelter, and health, in providing for human needs? Definitely not! And the case in buffalo in Nepal is the worst of all! The cruel reality is that they have to undergo pain, hunger, torture and many more inhumane treatments at slaughterhouses and during their transportation before turning into a plate of momos! Nepal is probably the only country in the world without humane slaughterhouses. Buffaloes, including mothers with babies, are transported in a most cruel manner, and killed with sledgehammers and knives, mostly out in the open. The fate of goats, pigs and poultry is hardly any better.
Some bloody facts of animal transportation and slaughterhouses in Nepal:
- Although the Valley is becoming self-sufficient in chicken, still 70 percent of all goats and 60 percent of buffaloes are imported from outside. Around 500 buffaloes; 1,500 goats; 7,000 chicken; 150 pigs and 7,000 kg fish enter Kathmandu on a daily basis, according to KMC.
- The transportation especially of buffaloes is stressful and cruel and does not appear to the guidelines. Monitoring is minimal.
- Baby buffaloes, especially males, are increasingly selected for slaughter.
- There is no humane slaughter house for buffaloes, goats and fish; is the one humane slaughterhouse for pigs still running? Almost all slaughter takes place in the open, causing serious health concerns.
- Increased demand for buff meat; popularity of buff momo; changing perception of buffalo from valuable farm animal to food animal
- Decreased livestock raising inside Kathmandu Valley; decreased use of buffaloes for plowing in the districts
- Failure of implementation of Meat Act; lack of government accountability
- Insensitivity of consumers
- Traditional mindset of butchers (prefer to stick to old slaughter methods)
- Traditional mindset of consumer (preference for ‘fresh, uncut meat’)
Animal Nepal invites all animal lovers to speak out against inhumane transportation and slaughter of these loyal and innocent lives. Please sign the petition today!