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People are complaining because of lack of planning - and what's happening is that Melbourne and it's suburbs are being wantonly surrendered to property developers and planners for their vested interests. Behind the "population growth" is demographic engineering, or massive increases in net overseas immigration - not organic or natural reproductive rates!

Between 2000 and 2001, net overseas immigration numbers were are about 80.000. Now the numbers have soared to 241,000 permanent immigration and set to increase again next year. (not counting humanitarian intake or New Zealanders who do not require a visa).

The public are not being given any right to query the overwhelming of Melbourne by housing growth, and suburbs being forced to accept high density housing at the detriment of living standards and traditional values.

We need some real economic activities, not just a heavy reliance on the overly easy option of housing - and the downstream costs of population growth.

Any other method of stimulating our economy, apart for amassing people, would take innovation, thought, planning and intellectual capacity. Population growth, the selling off of our housing and "lifestyle", is a no-brainer and an easy option. Real economic growth requires investment in productivity, knowledge industries, and creativity, A flow of immigrants is a short-term option, one that produces cash flows but downstream accumulates massive infrastructure debts, and actually dilutes the "lifestyle" that's being promoted!

As writer Donald Horne said, "Australia is a Lucky Country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck".

SMH:Melbourne going skyhigh but so are complaints about planning at http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/melbournes-going-skyhigh-but-so-are-complaints-about-planning-20141016-116vxe.html

High immigration, likelihood of future economic gloom. Perfect recipe for rampant xenophobia and division. Made even worse by the fact that there is clear division with regards to where Australia should go.

Add to this the propensity of Australians to accept a police state, authoritarianism and such, and you've got the perfect recipe for a quasi fascist takeover.

Why the hell would young Australians pay through the nose to live here, when they can pack up and leave and have a fighting chance OS. (where overseas? - Ed) This government must hate young Aussies. The entrenched oldies must think they have capitve debt slaves.

Animals Australia's chief investigator Lyn White says the evidence of Australian animals being slaughtered outside the official supply chain in the Middle East is proof that the live export system is not working.
Cattle are being tied up and stabbed in the neck and live sheep are being thrown into car boots, struggling and bloodied! People are watching and cheering the atrocities.

The live export supply chain assurances are NOT working and are a sham!
Animals Australia's chief investigator, Lynn White, said that there has not seen a single charge laid, or a single prosecution launched against any export company despite the fact that these are ongoing, deliberate breaches of Australian regulations. The ESCAS system is a paper tiger, meant to give false assurances and quieten the concerned public. Thanks to Animals Australia, this corruption has been exposed - again!

"This is criminal behaviour, ongoing, deliberate breaches of Australian regulations by large, influential companies that are showing absolute contempt for these regulations and treating the Australian Government as fools," she said.

‘Tough Australian regulations’ mean very little when animals are still being beaten, stabbed, and brutalised. They mean even less when those responsible for cruelty are permitted to reoffend without sanction". It's like having a legal system, that's ignored! Of course crime will proliferate.

If live export regulations cannot stop animal welfare atrocities from continuing, the answer is simple: the live export trade must end. This is about sacrificing animals on the altar of big $$ at the loss of Australia's integrity.

Animals Australia: TAKE ACTION: Live export: it’s a crime against animals

An NRMA-commissioned report on the nation’s liquid fuel security, released in February, says that Australia’s liquid fuel stocks have slumped by 16 per cent in less than a year and that the country is now hurtling towards 100 per cent dependence on imported liquid fuel and oil for transport. Even our Defence Force will be relying on imported fuel.

Australia’s Liquid Fuel Security report is the second part of an inaugural study released last year and paints a bleak picture of a country which it says does not have a viable level of fuel security, or a government plan to improve the situation at a time when local refineries are closing.

According to the company, Australia now sources 90% of its crude and fuel imports for transport, up from just 60% in 2000. Even the Australian Navy is feeling the heat with news that the domestic supply of a special type of fuel will no longer be refined locally by mid-2014.

The NRMA-commissioned report on the nation’s liquid fuel security warns that Australia’s severely declining oil refining industry, and increasing demand for liquid fuels, could result in a scenario in 2030 where it has less than 20 days worth of fuel in reserve, and 100 per cent imported liquid fuel dependency. It's a threat to our nation's security. The report, updated by Jamison in 2010, proposed a series of steps to end Australia’s dependence on imported oil and secure its own transport energy future.

China, India, and other developing countries in Asia account for 72 per cent of the net world increase in liquid fuels consumption, with Middle East consumers accounting for another 13 per cent.

Twenty-eight per cent of the refining industry is set to close by the end of this year, according to report's author, retired Air Vice-Marshal Blackburn. The former deputy head of the RAAF also accused previous reviews of energy security of being purely economic. He urged the government to consider dropping barriers to the adoption of gas as vehicle fuel and to work with the refining industry to retain capacity in Australia. However, our LNG is being sold off at export prices for the overseas market!

The Reserve Our Gas coalition will not apologise for pointing out Australia is the only gas-exporting nation on earth allowing a free-for-all on the export of its gas. Australian gas prices are projected to triple over coming years as a result.
“Let me make this absolutely crystal clear: Australia is the only nation on earth allowing multinational gas companies to extract our gas - without restriction - and sell it back to us at the high global price,” AWU National Secretary and Reserve Our Gas spokesperson Mr McDine said.

Sign the petition!

According to the ABS, renewable energy extraction, which has been steadily increasing since 2008-09, decreased in 2011-12 by 15 PJ and remains at 2% of total domestic energy production. Solar energy extraction increased by 3 PJ, or 21% and hydro-electricity supply, which fluctuates according to water availability, decreased by 10 PJ, or 16%. Our government's belief in the cornucopia myth, and anti-science stance, could finally jeopardize the eternal "growth" paradigm!

by David Swanson , first published on warisacrime.org, 23 Oct 2014

According to a book by George Williston called This Tribe of Mine: A Story of Anglo Saxon Viking Culture in America, the United States wages eternal war because of its cultural roots in the Germanic tribes that invaded, conquered, ethnically cleansed, or -- if you prefer -- liberated England before moving on to the slaughter of the Native Americans and then the Filipinos and Vietnamese and on down to the Iraqis. War advocate, former senator, and current presidential hopeful Jim Webb himself blames Scots-Irish American culture.

But most of medieval and ancient Europe engaged in war. How did Europe end up less violent than a place made violent by Europe? Williston points out that England spends dramatically less per capita on war than the United States does, yet he blames U.S. warmaking on English roots. And, of course, Scotland and Ireland are even further from U.S. militarism despite being closer to England and presumably to Scots-Irishness.

"We view the world through Viking eyes," writes Williston, "viewing those cultures that do not hoard wealth in the same fashion or make fine iron weapons as child-like and ripe for exploitation." Williston describes the passage of this culture down to us through the pilgrims, who came to Massachusetts and began killing -- and, quite frequently, beheading -- those less violent, acquisitive, or competitive than they.

Germans and French demonstrated greater respect for native peoples, Williston claims. But is that true? Including in Africa? Including in Auschwitz? Williston goes on to describe the United States taking over Spanish colonialism in the Philippines and French colonialism in Vietnam, without worrying too much about how Spain and France got there.

I'm convinced that a culture that favors war is necessary but not sufficient to make a population as warlike as the United States is now. All sorts of circumstances and opportunities are also necessary. And the culture is constantly evolving. Perhaps Williston would agree with me. His book doesn't make a clear argument and could really have been reduced to an essay if he'd left out the religion, the biology metaphors, the experiments proving telepathy or prayer, the long quotes of others, etc. Regardless, I think it's important to be clear that we can't blame our culture in the way that some choose to blame our genes. We have to blame the U.S. government, identify ourselves with humanity rather than a tribe, and work to abolish warmaking.

In this regard, it can only help that people like Williston and Webb are asking what's wrong with U.S. culture. It can be shocking to an Israeli to learn that their day of independence is referred to by Palestinians as The Catastrophe (Nakba), and to learn why. Similarly, many U.S. school children might be startled to know that some native Americans referred to George Washington as The Destroyer of Villages (Caunotaucarius). It can be difficult to appreciate how peaceful native Americans were, how many tribes did not wage war, and how many waged war in a manner more properly thought of as "war games" considering the minimal level of killing. As Williston points out, there was nothing in the Americas to compare with the Hundred Years War or the Thirty Years War or any of the endless string of wars in Europe -- which of course are themselves significantly removed in level of killing from wars of more recent years.

Williston describes various cooperative and peaceful cultures: the Hopi, the Kogi, the Amish, the Ladakh. Indeed, we should be looking for inspiration wherever we can find it. But we shouldn't imagine that changing our cultural practices in our homes will stop the Pentagon being the Pentagon. Telepathy and prayer are as likely to work out as levitating the Pentagon in protest. What we need is a culture dedicated to the vigorous nonviolent pursuit of the abolition of war.

Climate change and food insecurity are "threat multipliers", and 32 countries dependent on farming face an "extreme risk" of conflict or civil unrest in the next 30 years, a global analytics firm said on Wednesday.

Threats to food will exacerbate global tensions, based on finite resources, religious, ethnic and political divides.

The already overpopulated countries of Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Nigeria, Chad, Haiti, Ethiopia, Philippines, Central African Republic and Eritrea face the highest level of risk, the Maplecroft report said. 65 per cent of their combined working populations are employed in farming, which contributes 28 percent of their overall economic output.

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that the production of staple crops such as rice, wheat and corn could fall by as much as 50 per cent in some areas over the next 35 year as a result of climate change.

Climate change a 'threat multiplier for farming-dependent nations: report

Over the next 50 years population growth, climate change and environmental degradation will jeopardise international food security. By 2050, 9 billion people are expected to inhabit the planet. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that US$83 billion in investment is required per year to meet global food demand.

A report on food security 2014 found that while the number of people who experience chronic hunger was reduced by 100 million over the past decade, there are still some 805 million people that go without enough to eat on a regular basis.

There are already too many people on the planet, and this overpopulation drives the ongoing environmental crisis. Why, then, do we fixate on technological fixes like solar power and carbon capture, rather than addressing global population growth?

São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that supply the city dried up after an unusually dry year. One of the causes of the crisis may be more than 2,000 kilometers away, in the growing deforested areas in the Amazon region. With fewer trees, the Amazon’s capacity to work as a water pump, absorbing moisture from the Atlantic Ocean and releasing millions of liters of humidity into the air, is being reduced, scientists say.

A devastating global pandemic that killed 2 billion people was only projected to reduce population size to 8.4 billion, while 6 billion deaths brought it down to 5.1 billion. Global population has risen so fast over the past century that roughly 14% of all the human beings that have ever existed are still alive today.

A report released last week by researchers from Lund University, in Sweden, said the ability to produce food in the Sahel region in Africa is not keeping pace with its growing population, and global warming will only exacerbate the imbalance. Mass migration will spread the problem, not solve it!

The Guardian: Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters and disease’

I whole heartedly concur with you on this one. The answer to climate change and global food shortages is rampant overpopulation yet here we have Doyle, Napthine and the Wabbott (dumb, dumber, dumbest) promoting growth and especially population growth as the panacea to all our problems.

Those of you who may be wondering where we're up to with climate change ie the 2 degrees Celsius tipping point, well we're knocking on the door with maximums at 1.5 degrees and minimums at 2 degrees Celsius above the norm. Last summer was the second hottest on record after 1980-81 followed by 2009-10, 2008-09, 2012-13 &c. Further to this, according to my reckoning (via Inigo Jones method of rainfall forecasting) 2015 will be average at best and 2016 poor. Please keep in mind that even Inigo wasn't always correct, the forecast for this year was for good rains which occurred early in the year, but have petered out during the latter months.

Unless overpopulation is addressed head-on we as a species will find the going a lot tougher in coming years as food, water and energy scarcity really kicks in. These scarcities will lead to wars even more horrid than we're currently experiencing. Rising sea levels will see low lying land inundated with millions upon millions displaced with developed nations overrun by refugees. Once we have crossed the 2 degree Celsius tipping point which occur anytime soon, there may be no turning back. Now is a time for action not shilly-shallying, but, alas, I don't think our government (state or federal) have the balls!!

It's a David and Goliath battle, with mere canoes of Pacific Islanders blocking massive coal export vessels bound for overseas! Members of the 15-nation Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) finalized the Majuro Declaration, named after the Marshall Islands' capital where they gathered in September, saying it should be a "game changer" in faltering efforts to address global warming.

The burning of coal and other fossil fuels has contributed to climate change, which in turn will causes sea levels to rise. That poses an existential threat to residents of low-lying areas around the world, especially in the Pacific, where entire island countries could disappear.

Of course the action failed! Newcastle handles more than 4,000 ship movements annually, more than 90 percent loaded with coal from the nearby mines of BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Glencore and others. The industry is an unbeatable Goliath, a monolith of power and wealth.

Australia appears set to fast-track approval of a coal port expansion project that would dump millions of tons of dredged material onto wetlands near the Great Barrier Reef - for the benefit of coal export to China and India. The dredging at Abbott point will be fast-tracked, instead of carrying out a full environmental impact report, which is standard practice for a project of this size.

Australia has the fourth-largest share of proven coal reserves in the world. Australia has 110 years of black coal and 510 years of brown coal. Australia is the world’s fourth-largest coal nation, with a A$16.9 billion industry that produces 401 million tonnes a year – almost 8.9% of the world total.

Coal prices are already falling, and Australian exporters could also face the extra prospect of having to “wash” their product to bring ash and sulphur within China’s new guidelines – which will add costs and damage profit margins. While environmentalists are trying to combat the impacts of climate change, our Australian government is doing it's best to increase exports!

China’s coal demand, which currently accounts for more than 50% of global demand, has been so strong that the IEA called for coal to surpass oil as the leading global fuel before 2030. China’s coal demand could surprise people by peaking in 2016 and then decline gradually thereafter, driven by efficiency measures, increased renewables, hydro, gas and nuclear and tougher policies to cut air pollution.

Galilee Basin is one of the largest coal projects in the world, the new mine will cover 200 square km and add up to 60 million tonnes annually to Australia’s existing coal production. Conservationists seeking an emergency injunction to stop winter clearing of the Leard State Forest. Whitehaven insists it is sticking to an approved biodiversity management plan. Whitehaven boss (Mr Flynn) said that "global demand for cleaner coal, as well as carbon capture technology, which is now being used commercially in Canada, was the best way to address climate change". So, coal is the "solution" to climate change is surely an oxymoron!

BHP is refusing to allow Central Queensland locals the opportunity to work in its two newest Bowen Basin mines. The Queensland District is fighting with the Federal and State Liberal National Party (LNP) governments over their locking out local workers from local jobs through 100% FIFO practices and temporary foreign workers on 457 visas.

Caval Ridge and Daunia have a compulsory 100% FIFO policy – only employing permanent workers from Brisbane and Cairns.

This policy locks out workers from all Central Queensland regional cities and local towns like Moranbah, just kilometres from the mines.

It also denies freedom of choice for FIFO workers so they can choose to have their families move closer to where they work in regional Queensland.

Can you sign our petition to CEO Andrew Mackenzie and tell BHP to stop locking locals out of work and to end its discrimination against regional communities?

Don't lock locals out

CFMEU Mining & Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth said workers at the 100% FIFO mine deserve better than what is on offer. The region was still reeling from BHP’s ruthless decision to cut 700 permanent jobs from across its Bowen Basin coal mines weeks ago.

Native waterbirds in Victoria need your voice. Over 50 animal welfare, conservation and environmental groups have united to call on the Victorian Labor Party to support an end to duck shooting. And you can add your voice too!
The Victorian Labor Party has a vital opportunity this election to take a stand against the cruelty of duck shooting. It was Labor Governments that banned duck shooting in WA, NSW and QLD on cruelty grounds. But both major parties in Victoria still support the recreational slaughter of native waterbirds.
And our birds are paying the price...
Many ducks aren't killed instantly. Instead they suffer fractured legs, shattered bills, splintered wings, pellets through their eyes and gunshot lodged in vital organs. These wounded birds often face a slow, painful death.
With duck shooters making up less than 1% of the community, it’s time the government listened to YOU , the Victorians who oppose duck shooting. So please join RSPCA Victoria, Animals Australia and
over 50 other organisations, in urging Victorian Labor to ensure our native waterbirds are safe, not shot.
You can add your voice by contacting your Labor MP or candidate or by visiting
SaveOurDucks.com
Yours sincerely,
Ms Glenys Oogjes
Executive Director Animals Australia
Dr Liz Walker
Chief Executive Officer
RSPCA (Victoria)
LABOR: we want our wildlife safe, not shot.

What sort of government deliberately burns our land and deliberately extinguishes our species knowingly in the process! The Victorian Government stands accused of all but guaranteeing the extinction of threatened Mallee birds as a consequence of its bushfire prevention policy. The Mallee emu-wren, in particular, is just one fire away from being wiped from the planet.
Policies are meant to guarantee their protection, not their extinction!
There are not many people, or properties, in the remote Mallee, but it's easy to burn and reach the quantitative target of 5%!
With the sixth extinction means that many species are disappearing off our planet, due to human overpopulation and destruction or degradation of habitats, our Victorian government wants to burn 5% each year, and thus have our whole State made "safe" from bushfires - and the lives of native animals and birds are considered no more than collateral damage in the process". It's a deliberate scorching and incineration of our land, and the specialists habitats of native species, to their demise.
There are 314 most important sites for birds in Australia – and five of them, including the Victorian Murray Mallee - are in danger of losing the species for which they were nominated. Birdlife Australia's report says vegetation in the Mallee "recovers slowly after fire" and, to be suitable for threatened Mallee species, "cannot be re-burnt for at least 15 to 20 years".
The Wildlife Act, the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act, and the EBPC Act are all nothing but a thin facade that assumes to "protect" our wildlife , but the dangers that's causing them to fall down the extinction cliff are those that are "exempt" from the laws- such as logging, mining, and State government who ignorantly make these draconian, deadly and cruel decisions.

The Age: Mallee Birds extinct in 20 years and government policy to blame

The two-year super trawler ban ends in November already! But there is an international fleet of freezer-factory trawlers on our doorstep and the industry is still trying to bring them into our waters. Sign the new petition and help convince Prime Minister Tony Abbott to permanently protect our marine life, fisheries and the future of our fishing, from all super trawlers!

Dear Prime Minister,

We call on the Australian Government to permanently ban super trawlers – large freezer factory trawlers - from Australian waters.

Super trawlers are large freezer-factory fishing trawlers that threaten our unique marine life and fisheries, and the recreational fishing, commercial fishing and tourism industries that rely on these.

Super trawlers are part of a global problem that has led to the devastation of the world’s fisheries, marine life and local livelihoods, and we don’t want that kind of fishing in Australia.

We want fishing activities that ensure healthy oceans, sustainable employment for local fishermen, science based fisheries management, and no unwanted by-catch.

PETITION: Stop the Trawlers

Australia has a major population problem. In many parts of the country, the population is growing faster than our capacity to provide the infrastructure and services the people need.

City dwellers face traffic gridlock and crowded public transport. Hospital waiting lists are a problem in several States. Many schools are stretched to capacity. In established residential areas, we are being told that the family home must make way for five storey units, and along our coastline the environment is under threat from spreading urban development.

The common factor in all these problems is population growth. Those who exercise power in this country treat population growth as inevitable. We are constantly told we must plan for change, because there will be millions more of us in 20 years’ time.

Has anyone asked Australians whether they want millions more people? The extra people have to live somewhere. Have you been asked whether you want more people in your area?

We Will Decide: The Democratic Way to Control Migration and Development

The Purpose
1. The aims of the We Will Decide proposal are:
- To give people control over the population density in their residential area, by preventing development in that area which would allow the population to grow by more than the people want. People have a legitimate self-interest in controlling the scale of development in their local area.
- To provide a connection between the number of migrants and the preference of the people for more or fewer people in their area. The number of migrants permitted to enter the country in Australia’s self-interest will be restricted by reference to the total of the local decisions made by people about the population in their area.
- To continue to allow the Commonwealth Government to determine the number of migrants permitted to enter the country pursuant to our international obligations.

The online census of 2016 will give us screens to decide on these important issues, and gives a guide on how to answer them. The proposal only applies to the online census form, for administrative convenience.

The most recent figures from the Bureau of Statistics confirm the economy has grown at an average annual rate of only 2.5 per cent over the past two financial years. Since it needs to grow at its medium-term trend rate of about 3 per cent just to hold unemployment steady, the jobless rate has been rising slowly over that time.

SMH: RBA wants all on board in a waiting game

It is not surprising people are wondering what more we could be doing to get things moving. Some have noted the impending loss of jobs in car making and elsewhere, and are wondering where the new jobs will come from. Growth in consumer spending is being constrained by weak growth in household income because growth in employment is so slow and wages are rising so modestly.

"The most recent figures from the Bureau of Statistics confirm the economy has grown at an average annual rate of only 2.5 per cent over the past two financial years". At the same time, with population growth at nearly 2% per year, it means that our population has growth nearly 4% in 2 years, faster than the economy! No wonder we have increasing poverty and unemployment. We are in population overshoot! The more of us there are, the more thinly our wealth is spread between more people.

Per capital GDP is shrinking relative to population growth. Per person income and wealth on average is shrinking. It's only being disguised by a high immigration rate of wealthy Asian immigrants that have the cash to buy into the upper-middle end of the residential market and squeeze the existing middle class out.

Unfortunately there are limits to growth that we have no, or very little control over. The main restricting factor being we live in a closed natural system called planet Earth, within it's spherical form.

The two-year ban on super trawlers has just run out THIS WEEK. But an international fleet of industrial freezer-factory trawlers (with nets large enough to fly a fleet of aeroplanes through) could soon be back on our doorstep. And the industry is still trying to bring them into our waters.

In 2012, together with our supporters, we stopped the Margiris super trawler from causing irreparable damage to our marine life and coastal fishing communities.


Sign the petition to ban these monsters from our waters for good.

Super trawlers represent the most extreme excesses of global over-fishing, wreaking ecological havoc in our oceans. Once they have a foot in our door, there is an international fleet around the world just like it - where would it end?

A permanent ban is the only way to protect our marine life, fisheries and the future of our fishing from all super trawlers. Sign the petition today.


Our petition to Prime Minister Tony Abbott

We call on the Australian Government to permanently ban super trawlers from Australian waters.

Super trawlers are large freezer-factory fishing trawlers that threaten our unique marine life and fisheries, and the recreational fishing, commercial fishing and tourism industries that rely on these.

Super trawlers are part of a global problem that has led to the devastation of the world’s fisheries, marine life and local livelihoods, and we don’t want to set a precedent for that kind of fishing in Australia.

We want fishing activities that ensure healthy oceans, sustainable employment for local fishermen, ecosystem based fisheries management, and no unwanted by-catch.

Pledge your support

The Great Forests National Park proposal is a vision for a multi-tiered parks system for bush users and bush lovers alike. It is a Parks system that protects and maintains important ecosystem functions critical for our way of life. See the Park Plan.

The tallest flowering trees on Earth grow north-east of Melbourne. In their high canopies dwell owls, gliders and the tiny Leadbeater's (or Fairy) Possum. Victoria's precious and endangered faunal emblem lives only in these ash forests of the Central Highlands.

Montane ash forests flourish along the Great Divide receiving high rainfall. They harvest water from the air and provide most of Melbourne's drinking water. Research has shown these forests to be among the most carbon-dense forests on Earth due to their rapid growth and relatively slow rates of decay in the cool, wet climate.

The Park, stretching from Kinglake through to the Baw Baws and north-east up to Eildon, will host a range of activities such as bike riding, bushwalking, fishing, bird watching, four-wheel driving, motor biking, camping, zipline tours and much more.

David Lindenmayer, from the Australian National University, is an ecologist and conservation biologist who has spent over 30 years studying the Mountain Ash Forest of Victoria.

Iconic naturalist and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough has lent his support to the Great Forest National Park proposal to help save the Leadbeater’s (Fairy) Possum, while more than 30 groups have called on all Victorian election candidates to do the same.

Great Forest National Park

The gory Gadhimai Mela festival is held in the remote border village of Bariyapur to honour Gadhimai, the goddess of power. In a primitive quest for elusive "power", Hindu devotees in Nepal begin slaughtering thousands of animals in a ritual sacrifice of 300,000 animals in a "festival" of carnage, violence and bloodlust!

Devotees with swords are expected to kill thousands of animals in the two days of worship, including buffaloes, goats and rats. It outrages animal activist, and condemns Nepal to savagery, ignorance and enslavement to poverty of thought and practice.

Nepal's mass animal sacrifice for Hindu festival sparks outcry

Animal rights activists accused the temple holding the festival of "cashing in on people's beliefs", and have called for it to be abolished. As for many evils and ills, money is at the root of this "power" worship!

"They are extorting money ... in the name of entry fees, parking, and so on," said Manoj Gautam, president of Animal Welfare Network Nepal, who is in Bariyapur to protest against the ritual.

The festival kicked off at midnight amid tight security, with the ceremonial killing of a goat, rat, chicken, pig and a pigeon. Worshippers on the first day were expected to sacrifice only buffaloes, thousands of which have been corralled into holding pens in a large field, before moving onto other animals.

According to legend, the first sacrifices in Bariyapur were conducted several centuries ago when Gadhimai appeared to a prisoner in a dream and asked him to establish a temple to her. When he awoke, his shackles had fallen open and he was able to leave the prison and build the temple, where he sacrificed animals to give thanks.

It is based on a 260-year-old ritual that a feudal lord dreamt up while imprisoned, but it's high time for it to end.

In keeping this great tradition, and cultural experience, the sacrificed animals have continued to grow in numbers to their thousands, and the spilt blood spreads like a sea of deprivation of compassion, ethics and slavery to human "tradition".


Update, 30 Nov 14: Comments are now closed on this page. Please add further comments here.

This cruel and senseless carnage is featured in a photo essay on RT: Nepal worshippers slaughter thousands of buffaloes in ritual sacrifice (29 Nov 14).

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