Petition to Country of Bhutan
The kingdom of Bhutan is a Buddhist country, its constitution declaring that “Buddhism is the spiritual heritage of Bhutan, which promotes the principles and values of peace, non-violence, compassion and tolerance.” But despite this declaration of adherence to the Dharma, the Bhutan government has begun implementing plans to develop 11 mega-meat processing projects throughout the country.
These projects are so contrary to the fundamental Buddhist ideal of not killing that the country’s central monastic body submitted a petition to the prime minister calling for a halt to these projects. The request was rejected, and the plans are moving forward.
In a renewed effort to bring a halt to these projects and preserve Bhutan’s legacy as one of the great Buddhist countries of the world, DVA is starting its own petition. With your support, we will be asking the king to act with the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha and reconsider these plans. Please join in signing it.
Update on Sri Lanka Petition –
Success is Near!
DVA is very pleased to share some good news.
In 2010, an important bill was introduced in Sri Lanka’s Parliament. The legislation, known as the Animal Welfare Bill, was the first of its kind since 1908 and included a number of urgently needed reforms that would have provided important safeguards for animals in the Buddhist nation. Unfortunately, at that time, the bill never advanced.
In 2012, in order to revive this legislation, DVA posted a petition on its website that garnered over 2,000 signatures. In his October 2015 trip to Sri Lanka, DVA President Bob Isaacson made it a central theme of his visit.
Now, thanks to this collective effort, the campaign has borne fruit. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s Cabinet has officially approved the Animal Rights/Welfare bill! After a few changes in the draft, it will be sent to Parliament for passage, and we are very hopeful that with President Sirisena’s approval the bill will now become law!
The most important feature of the Bill is the establishment of the National Animal Welfare Authority which will function independently, working with its line Ministry. The bill will also spare countless laboratory animals by adopting strict guidelines for the use of animals in testing cosmetic and hygiene products and drugs.
Congratulations and thanks in particular to Senaka Weeraratna, our Colombo, Sri Lanka, Chapter Leader, for his leadership both in drafting the bill and in advocating for it. Our deepest gratitude to President Sirisena and his Cabinet, all of you who signed our petition, and those of you who supported Bob’s trip to Sri Lanka.
DVA Welcomes New Board Member Sherry Morgado
Sherry Morgado has been practicing Zen Buddhism in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh since 2010 and currently practices with the Slowly Ripening Sangha at Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where she is also a DVA Chapter Leader. She loves sharing the Buddha’s message of compassion for animals through her personal example of living as a peaceful and joyful vegan, as well as active advocacy on their behalf. She is a welcome addition to our Board!
Animals and the Buddha
A film by Dharma Voices for Animals
Subtitles available in: Chinese, Spanish, German, Portugese, Hindi, Burmese, Vietnamese and Indonesian
Disponible con subtítulos en español
Untertitel in Deutsch verfügbar
Disponível com legendas em Português
हिंदी में उपलब्ध उपशीर्षक।
Có phụ đề Tiếng Việt
Teks bahasa Indonesia tersedia
Featuring interviews with world-renowned monastics and lay teachers including Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Jetsuma (Ven. Master) Tenzin Palmo, Ven. Bhante Gunaratana (Bhante G), Christopher Titmuss, Ven. Geshe Phelgye, teachers from Spirit Rock Meditation Center and many others.
In addition to watching the film on YouTube, it can be downloaded here.
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