Saving yaks from slaughter criminalised by China

27th February 2014

Monks arrested after act of compassion

Authorities have arrested three monks from Golok in eastern Tibet after they set free 300 yaks to prevent them being slaughtered. The monks bought the yaks in July 2013 during a religious festival. After lengthy investigation, the men were arrested in early February.

Religious freedom suppressed

Rinpu ,Yudrug and Selshay from Gangshar monastery learned that the yaks were due to be sent for slaughter and set them free after buying them from their owners. Saving animals from slaughter is considered a virtuous act in Tibetan Buddhism. China, however, strictly controls all religious practice in Tibet and sees Tibetan Buddhism as a threat to its control over the country. Pictures of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, are banned throughout Tibet. Monks and nuns have been forced to denounce him and thousands of monasteries have been closed under Communist rule.

China’s economic dominance in Tibet

Many slaughterhouses in Tibet are Chinese-owned. Because Chinese Mandarin has been made the language of higher education and business in Tibet, Chinese migrants dominate the economy and many Tibetans find it difficult to find jobs.

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