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Ban slaughter house, says hypocrites

Now about the recent announcement of Government planning to open slaughterhouses in Bhutan, we have thousands of comments and hate status’ flooding across Facebook protesting against the idea, because two things happened in Bhutan; internet and freedom of speech. It is seen okay to slaughter animals as long as it is being carried out someplace far, someplace NOT in Bhutan, because Bhutan is a Buddhist country; as much as we don’t support slaughtering animals as  it is seen as something profane, we don’t at all mind consuming, for meat is one vital source of protein, besides the treat to the taste buds. Double Standards!

What struck me the most was the hypocrisy adorned with the self-righteous mentality in those comments. Show them a picture of chicken biryani and they will say “yummy,” “delicious,” “give me the recipe dude” and all but show them a picture of a slaughter house and they will immediately launch into a diatribe about animal rights, sin and how the meat eaters will be cooked in hot boiling oil in Dorji Ngewa and then be born as a cow and be slaughtered. Ask a Hindu and they will say “but cow is goddess dude, how can you kill your goddess?” Yeah! Because it’s okay to slaughter goats as they are not cows. What a logic.

We talk about freedom of choice and all yet these bigots choose to abide by and shove down upon others’ throats, a particular streak of carefully chosen doctrines and dogmas woven into a set of Dos and Don’ts that the rest of us are suppose to follow like a blind sheep.

And some illiterate idiots will go on even exemplifying Nepal saying “You want Earthquake like Nepal?” Because geographical phenomenon like the plate tectonic movement is mostly initiated by the number of buffalos killed. That leads us to a ground-breaking discovery in the field of geology that the dinosaurs must have slaughtered hundreds of thousands of buffalos that initiated the great Indian tectonic movement which formed the Himalayas some 50 million years ago. I am sure every time these fanatics post stupidity like that; there is a Geography teacher somewhere banging his bemused little head against the wall.

And did you know that we consume more than 5000 cows every year and how do you justify that with your pseudo-religious dumb-wit? Have you seen the line outside the meat shop a day before a month-long meat ban? A month long supply of meat is stored, and then what? Who cares about the ban? What I know from my experience is that Bhutanese will start stealing each other’s goats and chickens but won’t become a vegetarian because of meat ban.

To further throw light on the subject we have called Lopen Phakpa Lama here at Bhutan Pundit studio.
Bhutan Pundit: So, Lopen Phakpa Lama, can you elaborate on the recent frenzy about the whole slaughter house thingy that has stormed the internet?
Phakpa Lama: Tok tok chem chem pai namjay…
Bhutan Pundit:  Whoa, whoa, whoa…hold your horses, sir. Mind your language.

Advantages of having a slaughter house
1. We spend an enormous amount of money in importing meat. Imagine the impact that will bring on our farmers economically.
2. Since we have a very robust regulatory systems like BAFRA, the quality of meat will obviously be well looked into.
3. The spread of diseases will be significantly controlled.
4. Huge economic boost.
5. The outflow of IC can be controlled in millions.
6. God knows the kinds of cancerous substances we’ve been consuming. I fear.
7. I doubt what chemicals they feed the animals or what preservatives they use.

Disadvantages of  having a slaughter house
1. Impending Earthquake.
2. Due to too much consumption of meat, entire population of Bhutan might die of diabetes.

Now, thanks to the thousands of bandwagoning idiots; because we’re now pressured to live up to the expectations of countless morons who dictate how the rest of us should live our lives based on some well-intentioned idiocy coined by some first century sage and to play our part in their contrived narrative to bring closure to the Idea of our choice and freedom.
Congratulations. You won.

Why Tobacco act was a Joke even to a non-smoker

In a continued absurdity that is Bhutanese Politics, a new page was written five years ago, you know when road constructions were completed, schools built, developmental works over and our politicians were left without a job; Tobacco Control Act was born. Okay, after much trepidation I decided to publish this article anyway. Why talk about it now? Because firstly I am an asshole and secondly this is not a news site.

When asked why the obvious answer was that Tobacco imposes danger to both spiritual and social health. It is quite correct till here but hang on… And the religious activists started adding to the debate with their asinine logic of it being a Demon plant grown to doom humanity. Because it is fine if you consume it, but not if you sell it –quiet right interpretation of Guru Rinpoche’s prophecy. And this has only furthered my staunch belief that religion mixed with politics is a recipe for disaster.

Halt, before you think that this blog is running some cancer promoting campaign, I am a non-smoker and I support it as long as its motives are concerned but to force it upon people against their will is extremism and belittling of human rights. Why be like the Muslims that banned pork or the Hindus that banned beef for the supposed ‘collective good?’ Just because other regressive nations dictate how their citizens should lead their respective lives doesn’t mean we should too. I get it; we have a history of self-pride; for the first decade we kept bragging about how great it was for our country to be in isolation, and for the next decade we realized what a stupid idea that was all together and we never brought that subject again into discussion. But we are a country known for its degree of patience and tolerance also.

Many crimes happen because of alcohol; it affects society badly why not ban it? Because we manufacture alcohol, and it would hamper our business? Pork is responsible for epilepsies, Why not ban it? Diabetes kills more than TB, should we ban food? Sex spreads HIV/AIDS, why not cut penises out? If these things sound irrational so should tobacco ban. Problems are looked into, tackled, solved. Not omitted, dismissed or banned. At one point, It became safer and cheaper to do drugs than smoking. Where is the logic? I watched the debates on BBS, after a point it became quite clear to us that politics have somewhat turned into a scene where two matured oxen beat the shit out of each other for the purpose of gaining superiority till the other ox runs away frantically or shits diarrhea.

But despite all the frenzy and uproar it caused, did it do a little good? To answer that we have called your Alcoholic dad here at our Bhutan Pundit studio.

Bhutan Pundit: So, Azha Changzey what do you think are the possible shortcomings of the Tobacco control act as reflected in the lives of smokers like yourself?
Azha Changzey: Jadha laab.
Bhutan Pundit: Thank you Azha Changzey, good digging.
Azha Changzey: Jadha, Jadha.

Anyway, continuing… Need for amendment of a Law itself is a proof of its failure. And while they go about bragging success, mark this, not a single smoker quit smoking, not that I know of; they only paid more for a puff. One thing is true; tobacco act has only paved a broader way for the black market and illegal smuggling. A single packet of cigarette costs as high as 150 bucks. Where is the logic behind “you can smoke one but you can’t buy one?”
An average person smokes a packet a day, multiply that by a month and he spends at least Nu. 4500 a month and Nu. 54,000 a year just on cigarette, unless they manage to smuggle a year’s worth of supply across the checkpoint by hiding it in their underwear or shoving up their ass. Smuggling Tobacco has become a very lucrative low-cost high-output business for the Black marketers. An average smuggler earns, suppose he has around 100 customers a day, about Nu.  54,00,000 a year of un-taxed money.

What should have been done instead?
1. The government should have built smoking houses around the city or ordered Hotels and bars to allocate smoking zone. Yes, public smoking should be strictly prohibited and punished because passive smoking kills.
2. Selling of tobacco products to youths should be banned.
3. Smoking Tobacco use in front of Children should be banned.
4. Run various awareness campaigns.
5. Influencing another person to smoke should be a serious offense or even a felony.

The Act
Many innocent Bhutanese were convicted under the act. It was havoc, faceless Atcharas masquerading across Facebook groups yelling cries for Amendment. And the Government fear mongering the citizens by imposing rules pertaining to personal life is a dangerous trend, especially with things that were very much legal a week ago. In many religious countries, even in Bhutan, we have seen how disastrous it is for the social fabric of the nation.
Somebody should really nominate our politicians to a boiling bucket challenge for the purpose of conscience awakening which will happen in the next paragraph.

Amendment
The Act was amended two years after under which possession limits were increased, and penalties were decreased. Fourth-degree felony- a punishment equivalent of that of sexually assaulting an elderly woman reserved for possession of four times the limit. However, the ban on the sale of tobacco was not lifted. And Prime Minister stated that the amendment was duly because of “pain and the suffering” the act had caused after some 59 arrests. Because you have to experiment with the lives of 59 people just to understand how much you sucked.

The joke
The National Council, today, decided that supply and distribution of tobacco products in the Country will be permitted. The manufacturing of tobacco, however, will remain banned as stated in the Tobacco Control Act. –source: BBS