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Thanksgiving Day

This Thanksgiving celebrate with an animal-friendly feast

“Turkeys are so powerless. If they could, I’m certain they’d demonstrate strongly against the humans who kill them.

But if they did they’d probably get killed for that as well.”

- Lama Zopa Rinpoche,  (Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, California, November 2007)

Thanksgiving Day is almost here. It is a day for peace and giving thanks. But how much peace is there behind your celebrations?


The Dalai Lama Joins Campaign Against Battery Hens

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has recently spoken out against the cruel practice of battery hen farming to produce eggs.



Latest Update - Friends Lost

The disease that struck the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal, at Kopan in June 2010 has killed 10 goats. Another 14 goats, along with Nyima and Dawa the two sheep, have survived and it is hoped that the worst has passed. Although widespread in parts of Africa and now occurring in the Indian subcontinent, the Peste des Petits Ruminants disease (or PPR as it is commonly referred to) is not common in the Kathmandu Valley. The goat that Rinpoche rescued and that is presumed to have been carrying this severe and highly infectious disease probably caught it from animals brought to Kathmandu for slaughter from the Terrai (tA pregnant Sangmo blessed by Rinpoche - Dec '08he lower plains bordering India).


Among those who died are Dzambala, an older resident who liked to greet visitors and loved the sunshine, and Sangmo, one of the first girls to be liberated to the sanctuary. Sangmo was rescued in September 2008. Her young baby also died.


The PPR virus (Peste des Petits Ruminants) is related to the rinderpest virus (as well as the canine distemper virus and human measles). There is no cure and the only treatment is the use of drugs to combat secondary complications. It is not uncommon for up to 90% of a flock to die, so we are fortunate that most of the goats did not get infected. Fortunately these animals have all been circumambulated around holy objects, have been blessed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and others and have heard the Dharma and therefore will have a much greater opportunity for a fortunate rebirth than most animals.


We would very much like to thank Pemba, the shelter farmhand, Pema the manager, Geshe Tongme, who has been giving Dharma daily to the animals, the vets, Ani Fran and many others at Kopan have been working around the clock to take care of the sick, prevent the spread of the disease and to support the dying. Thank you to all of you around the world who have been reciting mantras, prayers and making dedications. A special thank you to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup, and also to the prisoners of Long Bay prison in Australia who did Medicine Buddha practice for the animals, the first time they have ever done this practice.


Thank you to all those who offered prayers and dedications.



Sheep Liberation in India

The Directors of Enlightenment for the Dear Animals were pleased to join with FPMT teacher Jimi Neal in liberating 3 sheep from a village butcher in the lower Dharamsala area in April. The liberation was dedicated to the long lives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and Khadrola.

The sheep were so terrified of the butcher's pen and their narrow escape that they had to be carried to Jimi's place. The fortunate sheep, after being circumambulated and receiving prayers (and a long rest!), were later taken to the carer family to join the rest of the flock of sheep that Jimi has liberated.

Jimi & Tania carry lucky sheep

Urgent Help for Sick Animals in Nepal

We have some terrible news. Unfortunately a goat that Rinpoche recently rescued at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal, has become sick with a deadly virus and it appears that most of the goats and sheep may now be infected too. Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lama Lhundrup, abbot of Kopan Monastery in Nepal, has advised that people do as many mantras of Medicine Buddha as possible.

The veterinarian is visiting daily and tests are being made to confirm which individuals may be infected. Medical treatment is underway. The animals are getting blessed water and Hayagriva pill powder every day. Geshe Thogme from Kopan Monastery is doing Medicine Buddha practice and mantras every day for them and he is also helping giving the water and the pills.

Go to our Death & Dying page for more information on practices. Perhaps you could organise 1/2 hour at your Dharma centre to do a group
recitation dedicated to the animals or even a Medicine Buddha puja. Any mantras recited at home, on your way to or from work or the shops, during your lunch-break or anywhere are most welcome!

Please, please join us to help our animal friends at this critical time!

Latest Update - Friends Lost


Tsering one of the mother goats

Dzambala at door

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