PETA India, the Indian outfit of ‘animal rights organisation’ has decided to not antagonise the Muslim community in India ahead of Bakri Eid, where goats and other animals are slaughtered as sacrifice and eaten in the feast. In fact, PETA India did not even appeal for ‘painless slaughter’ of animals for Bakri Eid.
Instead, it just dished out gyaan in general direction stating that ‘all religions call for compassion’.
Recently, there have been incidents of violence by Islamist mobs in India where calls for beheading were raised over allegations of blasphemy for allegedly derogatory remarks on Prophet Muhammad. Bakri Eid tradition involves slaughtering an animal, especially a lamb, as per Halal procedure as prescribed in Islamic Scriptures.
However, PETA India, which regularly holds demonstrations and floats petitions asking people to turn vegan and not kill animals for food, as it amounts to cruelty, has not appealed to the 20 crore Muslim population of India to not kill goats and other animals.
— PETA India (@PetaIndia) July 9, 2022
Halal slaughter procedure
The Halal system of ‘animal slaughter’ lays special emphasis on the ‘bleeding’ of animals. This is particularly due to the Islamic belief that blood is ‘impure’. Blood drainage from slaughtered animals forms the key basis of Halal slaughter. “Animals slaughtered by a non-Muslim will not be Halal. The name of Allah must be invoked”, says the Department of Halal Certification in the European Union.
PETA India shames Hindu festival celebrations
In contrast to above which does not urge on Eid to not slaughter an animal till it bleeds painfully, PETA India has regularly indulged in shaming Hindu festivals and how they are celebrated.
In March 2020, PETA India urged everyone not to throw colours on animals, and fairly so. One should be compassionate towards animals and not hurt them. In 2019, PETA India asked those who celebrate Holi, i.e. Hindus, to turn vegan and drink vegan thandai, a milk-based drink. They’ve made similar appeals over the years. However, there were no appeals for compassion for Eid slaughter, no urging the Muslim community to turn vegan.
Similar ‘compassion’ has been shown during Diwali as well. Surely, getting slaughtered and bled to death would be more terrifying for animals than firecrackers. Wonder what could be animal-friendly Bakri Eid.
Amusingly, in 2020, PETA India had issued guidelines on how to slaughter animals ‘kindly’. Do note that on other days including Hindu festivals, PETA India has urged everyone to go vegan, that is give up dairy products as well. Over the years, PETA India has received flak for its double standards and hypocrisy over its stand on animal cruelty but that hasn’t stopped them from choosing ‘peace’ for Eid, likely because everyone is afraid of antagonising the community where people call for beheading over ‘hurt religious feelings’. (Courtesy : OpIndia.com)