Animal Release in Dzachuka – Saving the Lives of Animals
From across the world, anyone can request that a life is saved through Kilung Monastery’s efforts. Yaks, sheep, or goats are purchased from slaughter, or through an arrangement with a family who promises not to kill the animal for life. Family arrangements are less costly than intervening at the time of slaughter. Whatever the choices, saving an animal from imminent death has the most powerful effect.
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Kilung Monastery and community created a life release farm just for the animals in 2008. This has been enormously inspirational for Kilung community and monastery, as it supports this very common practice in the area. Animals that have been liberated are given to Kilung Monastery, who in turn give the animals to nomad families for caretaking. Life release not only saves the lives of the animals, it helps save the Tibetan nomad way of life in Dzachuka.
The animals are cared for throughout their lives by families, maintaining a profound connection essential to the nomad culture. The milk goes to students at the Kilung Shedra, and is especially important for the children at the Kilung Children’s School. Saving the life of an animal is also saving a culture in danger.