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Nov 13, 2010

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Write E-Mail
Location:South Africa

The First Fruits Festival of Ukweshwama, is due to take place in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa is in less than a month. The bull will suffer a terrible death which can last up to 40 minutes. This event is closely guarded, but photographic evidence has showed unfathomable cruelty and violence during the ‘cultural event.’ The images portray a protracted debauchery of twisting the bull by its genitals, gouging out the eyes, tearing ...of the tail and pulling the tongue out.

In anticipation of the feast, animal-welfare organisations from 10 countries have petitioned the South African parliament to denounce the annual ritual, mainly in KwaZulu-Natal. Animal Rights Africa took Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini and the premier of KwaZulu Natal, Zweli Mkhize to court to stop the killing of a bull in the ritual arguing that it was cruelty to animals.



Please write to- Mr. S.P. Holomisa (President - CONTRALESA), Dr. A.V. Shongwe (Director - Royal Household), King Goodwill Zwelithini (King of the Zulu Nation), Mr. B.P. Nyandu (General Manager), and Mr. A. M. Sithole (CEO - National House of Traditional Leaders). Email address given below.




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Dear Sir,

I would like to express my deep regret about learning of an extreme case of animal cruelty planned to be conducted during the First Fruits Festival of Ukweshwama, which takes place in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Public awareness of this savage ritual involving the killing of a bull by men with their bare hands is quickly spreading worldwide. Networking sites such as YouTube and Facebook, and media sites are exposing this practice and needless to say an ensuing back lash against this savagery is also growing. I am certain there are many Ngunis also outraged by the allowance of such regressive practice.

Contrary to what many believe, animals are thinking, sentient, intelligent creatures and suffer tremendously with cruel treatment, just as humans do. Cruelty against them has been found to harm society as a whole, normalising insensitivity in children who can become numb to the suffering of living beings, and increasing violence towards other humans. Foreigners who experience or come to see this brutality in your country will leave traumatized, disgusted, and deeply saddened, rather than uplifted by Africa’s paradoxical beauty and friendliness.

I urge you to end the violent Ukweshwama ritual and move towards progression to a truly peaceful country, by encouraging respect and appropriate treatment towards animals, as outlined in Animals Protection Act, Act 71 of 1962) section 2(a). Globally ideas concerning animal rights are becoming more popular by the day, and until such time as animal welfare laws are enforced in Africa, it will be necessary to many to boycott your country as both as a tourist and via commerce as well as encourage others to participate in a boycott as well.

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ADDRESS


SEND TO

delsey@po.gov.za nyanduz@hse.kzntl.gov.za shongwea@uld.kzntl.gov.za presidency@contralesa.org leaders@contralesa.org sitholeam@cogta.gov.za
anita.gil@kznlgta.gov.za sholomisa@parliament.gov.za

PETITION

http://animals.change.org/petitions/view/stop_the_brutal_bare-handed_killing_of_the_bull

GROUP

http://www.facebook.com/pages/STOP-THE-UKWESHWAMA-RITUAL/228424940279?v=wall


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