Here she is, as promised. Baby Bitsy in a donkey suit! But before we get to the free pattern, there’s something I want to share first. Regular visitors to this blog already know I never give up on an opportunity to tell a story based on my amigurumi characters; today’s not going to be any different :PThe idea to give this baby a donkey suit came to me after reading a few news articles on the “Brick Donkeys” of Nepal. Unlike this sweet little amigurumi baby in its pretty jumpsuit, what I’m about to tell you today is not pretty. It’s either going to jolt you into action or swear you off this blog permanently.
The brick factories in Kathmandu employ some 1500 donkeys and mules. In a country without any laws governing the welfare of animals, the abuse is rampant. Each animal is made to carry 3,000 to 5,000 raw mud bricks a day to and from the furnace. The animals are beaten relentlessly by their handlers. Pregnant donkeys work up to the day of delivery and are given only a few days to recover. These “brick donkeys” are underfed (most donkeys suffer from dehydration and malnutrition), overworked and exposed to serious hazard in the course of the work. A majority of them have open wounds. Some have wounds so severe that their spine and vertebrae are exposed (click here to see the condition of working equines in Nepal). Once the animals become too sick to work, they are left to die. In short, they are worked to death!
These are the brutalities working animals in Nepal have to face every day of their lives. From these horrible stories of animal abuse and torture was born Bitsy, the baby in a donkey suit.DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN
I hope Little Bitsy serves as a reminder to us all that only we can right the wrongs being inflicted on these voiceless creatures.
Animal Nepal, a not for profit organization working for animal rights, runs The Godavari Donkey Sanctuary, a rehabilitation center for the rescued, handicapped and sick working equines. This small, underfunded—yet fiercely committed—organization also runs another animal shelter where they treat, neuter/spay street dogs, provide them shelter, and help them find their forever home. Animal Nepal, which has been providing free treatment and sanctuary to sick and abandoned draft animals since its establishment in 2004, has also been advocating a day’s leave every week for the working animals and fighting for a ban on these “blood bricks”.
If you love my free pattern, please consider making a small donation to Animal Nepal to help them in their mission.
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You can also help by signing this petition to urge the Government of Nepal to stop equine abuse, and force the brick industry to become responsible.
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Thank you so much for caring :)
UPDATE (April 03, 2014): Bitsy’s pattern is now available in Dutch, thanks to Amifan who translated the pattern. The pattern can be downloaded from her Ravelry page.
REVISION (February 21, 2014): The pattern has been revised. A few silly errors had managed to creep in, but thanks to CodyJunk who kindly pointed them out, they have been fixed :)
inc dec X 4, sc 10. (14)
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Round 8-9: sc around.