week my team in Delhi raided a shopkeeper who sold religious artifacts. They found
tiger and panther claws, cut pieces of tiger and deer skins, peacock feather fans,necklaces
of snake bones and fans made of yak tails ( called chowries). The man was arrested.
This is not the first time we have caught wild animal parts destined for the pooja
table. Muslims buy owl feet and dozens of owl traders have been caught by us.They
take the feet and the Hindu mendicants take the eyes of this poor bird.
mendicants, swamis, that defy all the wildlife laws in this country and are responsible
for a large parallel trade in killing and selling animals. They sit on deer and
tiger skins , they wear deerskin slippers, many who congregate in Allahabad for
the Kumbh openly wear big cat skins which I am sure they sell and regularly replenish.
They fan their idols with chowries which have been taken from dead yaks and act
as fly whisks, they blow their trumpets on conch shells which are the skins of
the very rare sea snail or mollusk from the Turbinella family ( The conch is supposed
to represent life. How killing the animal will bring life is beyond me). Many
of them wear tiger and bear claws on filthy threads round their necks supposedly
to drive away evil forces. Ever since the fengshui practitioners have been blabbering
on about turtles bringing luck to a house and forgetting to mention that they
mean stone turtles, the Hindu mendicants have now added turtle shells to their
ungodly collection of pooja items.
list doesnt stop there.
musk ripped out of the stomach of slaughtered male muck deer of which there
are only a few hundred left in one protected sanctuary- is put by them as tikkas
on the forehead. In fact we found that the Thirupati priests were capturing civet
cats from the wild and taking musk from their anal glands which can only
be gotten if the animals are whipped. This was being sold to devotees for Rs 500
per tikka. Unfortunately the priests could not be sent to jail as the Trust makes
so much money that it has political protection.
buck horns are also used as conches. These are not shed but cut from the head
of dead antelope after they have been shot. Cobra bone necklaces are another favourite
with Buddhist monks as well. I bought one from a shop in Kashmir and they
claimed they had got it from a monastery. Skulls are another decoration: they
range from small domestic cat and monkey to panther/tiger.Then there is ivory
of every kind: from the tusk itself to bangles , carved teeth or simply bits and
pieces which have been blessed. Some of them have the elegant long
fingers of the Hanuman langur strung together on a thread like charms on a bracelet.
The bones of the rhesus macaque monkey are sold separately. Some even carry shriveled
with all this paraphernalia are the small musical instruments : usually tribal
drums covered with cow skin but more often monitor lizard skin. And many of them
, specially those priests that have small mandirs usually made on
community or forest land that they have grabbed and deified overnight by building
a ramshackle mandir keep Hanuman langurs which are tied to the entrance.
these Hindu priests just wont give up animal sacrifice. In Kamakhya they
slaughter pigeons every day , in Kalahandi it is goats and buffaloes. In Darjeeling
it is the Mithun, in so many of these shady wayside mandirs it is
chickens. Sacrifice has nothing to do with Hinduism which is the kindest gentlest
religion possible with its link to all creatures of the earth. We accept the killing
of chickens,goats,pigs and buffaloes. How about this : Hindu priests butchered
dogs in a Kutta cleansing ceremony performed to remove the vibrations created
by the Bali bombing. Their heads were kept during the yagna ceremony. Balinese
Hindus believe today's ceremony will expel evil from the island. The only
lot that need to be expelled are these fraudulent Hindus.
stands for the ethical treatment of animals and is compatible with the Vedic teachings
which had replaced the earlier pre-Vedic practice involving human sacrifice with
non-human (animal and vegetables) offerings in the Vedic era. Now all animal sacrifices
need to be stopped. It is a natural evolution of human consciousness for the better
treatment of the environment and other creatures.The Vedas repeatedly enjoin the
Hindu to take care of Creation and act responsibly.
help rid the country of these poachers and traders disguised as religious men.
Whenever you come across a religious artifacts shop ask for one of the articles
I have written about and then call the police under the Wildlife Protection Act.
When you see one of these mendicants ask him to sell you something for luck and
if he brings out one of these parts from his filthy bag, have him arrested. People
for Animals does this regularly and thanks to our teams , there are many many
godmen saying their prayers in jail
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