Saturday, 29 November 2014

NEPAL: The Gadhimai Festival (Warning: Graphic Images)

Warning: Graphic Images

We came upon this 'disturbing', centuries-old tradition which thankfully, only occurs every 5 years, the Gadhimai Festival - the world's biggest animal sacrifice where animals including water buffaloes, pigs, goats, chicken, pigeons and even rats, are all sacrificed as part of this Hindu festival, with the hopes that the sacrifices will lead to the fulfillment of wishes by the goddess.

Male domestic Asian water buffaloes (locally called "PaaDa") are the preferred species to offer to the goddess.

This festival occurs in, of all places, Nepal - the birth place of Buddha - known for his teaching of non-violence to the world.

The festival is a month-long and began this year on November 28, 2014 and ends November 29, 2014 (hence, how we discovered this viral story.)

The ritual began at dawn with a ceremonial "pancha bali" or the sacrifice of five animals, comprising a rat, a goat, a rooster, a pig and a pigeon. It is estimated that 300,000 - 500,000 animals were killed during the period of sacrifice in 2009 while 5 million people visited Gadhimai during the festival.

Unsurprisingly, the festival has garnered numerous protests by animal rights activists and the likes. In 2009 activists made several attempts to stop the ritual, including Brigitte Bardot and Maneka Gandhi, who wrote to the Nepalese government asking them to stop the killings. A government official commented that they would not "interfere in the centuries-old tradition of the Madheshi people."

Friday, 21 November 2014

Celebrities Read Mean Tweets #8

Someone thinks Gwyneth Paltrow is an ‘ugly ass big bird looking b*tch’? Ouch! Another episode of celebrities reading out loud, mean tweets intended for them. The exciting part is seeing their reactions…

People are very quick to tweet unflattering things, but it’s important to remember that everyone has feelings. From time to time, we ask famous people to read some of the not-so-nice things that are tweeted about them. This is our 8th edition of Mean Tweets featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, Gerard Butler, Ty Burrell, Bob Newhart, Britney Spears, Geena Davis, Chris Pratt, Chloe Grace Moretz, Scott Foley, Michael Chiklis, Ted Danson, John Stamos, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Sandler.

Jimmy Kimmel Live 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Decorated Cookies That Are Just Too Beautiful to EAT! (5-Videos Playlist)

She makes it look soooo easy!...

Cookie decorating has never looked so beautiful! Amber Spiegel, a New York-based pastry chef, has taken the artistry of cookie decoration to an entirely new level, where she devotes 45 mins decorating just a single cookie. Her detailed art work has become a full-time career as she films her own cooking decorating videos as well as travels the world teaching others her techniques.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

7 Beautiful and Buffed Babes (30 Photos)

Finding a buffed female body is one thing. Finding a beautiful face to go along with that buffed body is another. We searched through tons before finding these 7 that we thought were as good-as-it-gets, to finding both! Whoever said you can't have the best of both worlds didn't see these women. In the world of health and fitness, we discovered a collection of beautiful and buffed women. Here are our 7 picks of beautiful body builders and their buffed-up bods!

 1. Jéssica Sestrem

Jéssica Sestrem is a Brazilian and German IFBB, (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness), Junior Figure Athlete.  She is also arguably the most sexy jiu jitsu master in the world.

DENISE RUTKOWSKI: Years of Steroids Turned Her From Beauty to This…

Denise Lynn Rutkowski was an American professional female bodybuilder. Her professional bodybuilding career was brief, and ended shortly after finishing 2nd in the Ms. Olympia contest in 1993. Her sudden retirement shocked the sport, as she was seen as an easy contender for the Ms. Olympia in 1994.

During her bodybuilding career, she lived in Venice Beach, California, and had an interest in improving the quality of life for underprivileged children in the neighborhood. She spent time traveling with youth from Venice, California to WWF shows, Disneyland, and sporting events.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Dogs Killed in Front of Animal Activist By Dog-meat Traders (Warning: Graphic Images)

Warning: Graphic Images

Everyone turns away or do nothing whenever stories like these are published about dog meat trading. We are guilty of it also. Maybe it’s because we can’t handle the flagrant and shocking disregard for the well being of these animals and the torture these dogs are put through everyday – all in the name of  ‘tradition’ – dog meat delicacies.

Did you know – the dogs are put through such torture because according to Soi Dog’s website, “when they are in pain, their bodies release adrenaline that softens their meat.”

People, these are not chickens, or cows. These are dogs. Man’s best friend. Dogs who wait patiently for their masters to return home after a long day at work. Dogs who will lay by your grave site in mourning. Dogs who will love you unconditionally. You hear the stories all the time:

  • There’s Ciccio, the 12-year-old German shepherd in Italy who used to attend the church of his master every day and stood at the altar in hopes of her return. “Maria of the fields” – died suddenly in November 2012, and when the church bell would toll, Ciccio would show up and wait at the altar at the same church his master attended every day for years, when she was alive. Would a cow do that?
  • Or Hawkeye the chocolate Lab. Back in 2011, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson died in a helicopter crash that killed 38 American servicemen. At the funeral with 1,5oo in attendance, one sight caught all their eyes – Hawkeye – his dog, who refused to leave his side:  According to observers the Labrador “dropped to the ground and gave a sigh” and remained at the foot of the casket for the duration of the funeral.
The only way to capture your attention to this appalling tradition, is through graphic images and stories like the one you’re about to read. Help us to help them, the Soi Dog Foundation, and put an end to dog torture by going to their website and signing the petition and/or sharing it on social sites and more like we have done.

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