Gadhimai, Nepal and Vegans Celebrating “Karma”

“Opposition to Gadhimai in the Western World has intensified in recent years as part of “turn and burn” campaigns that allow large non profit organizations to leverage racist and xenophobic sentiments into large scale donations. This “outrage” cycle is profitable for Western animal advocacy organizations and Gadhimai is part of a larger group that includes dog and cat meat trades, dolphin hunt, wildlife trafficking, and more. These funding cycles allow organizations to expend little effort, face little risk, and they can play off of and stoke misanthropic and racist views that do little to nothing to challenge animal use in the West. They are comfortable and they are part of the reason why things like this spill over.

Along with this current, there is a growing popularity within the vegan community of atheist and new atheist thought. Applied to Gadhimai, sometimes in connection with larger non profits, this provides another layer to buffer the “rational” against the so-called “irrational” slaughter of animals in Nepal.

Neither of these currents are really about helping animals – one is focused on the organizational growth of animal advocacy non profit organizations, and the other is focused on advancing western “rationality” as a cover for white superiority. However, both are currently popular within white dominated animal advocacy communities in North America and Europe.

How does this betray what they claim is their focus – other animals? First, meat consumption per capita in Nepal is 12.2 kg. In comparison, most of Europe and North America register in around 80-120kg. […] It is absurd that Gadhimai would ever be a focus for Western animal advocacy or organizations.”

Least of all right now. getting the figures from the linked map involves maths so 2009 per capita meat consumption:
Mauritius 49.4
Nepal 9.9
South Africa 58.6
USA 120.2

On the map, the redder dot is this island, meat consumption is some 4 times higher than other African countries too. I strongly suggest you read the entire article, I’m reblogging to merely add figures.

“Outside of pure meat consumption, the issue of Gadhimai is one of framing or “lens.” Gadhimai’s “ritual slaughter” is framed in a typical Western lens which erases and normalizes Western animal slaughter […]”

Dylan Powell

APTOPIX Nepal EarthquakeI wish I could say I was shocked, but after seeing similar sentiments after the tsunami in Japan in 2011 (re: dolphin hunts), I was more in bunker mode just hoping I had somehow insulated myself from it. “The earthquake in Nepal is karma for the Gadhimai Festival.” How could anyone reduce an event of disaster and suffering to this focus, holding up their exclusive concern for animals over the lives of thousands of people that were lost in an instant? How narrow minded would a person have to be to not also see this earthquake as a destructive event for captive and wild animals in Nepal – what of their “karma”?

Gadhimai, for the those who don’t know, is a festival in Nepal that takes place every 5 years were mass amounts of animals are slaughtered to honour Gadhimai, the Hindu goddess of power. Approximately 5 million Nepalese, or…

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