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Activists Around the World Protest Hindu, Muslim & Jewish Animal Sacrifice

October 13, 2014 by Leave a Comment


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Tis the season to sacrifice animals for God, and activists around the world are rallying on behalf of the victims. Their protests are peaceful, and their message is simple: “Scripture doesn’t mandate sacrifice. Please use an alternative to animals.”

During the Gadhimai festival in Nepal, which takes place once every five years, Hindus slaughter about 500,000 animals, including buffalo, pigs, goats, chickens and pigeons. The sacrifice is made in honor of Gadhimai, the goddess of power, who “brings prosperity” to those who participate.

Gadhimai Festival (photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Gadhimai Festival (photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Animal Welfare Network Nepal, which staged a 50 person protest in Kathmandu on Sunday in advance of the mass animal slaughter, said, “We want to show that religious activities can be carried out without causing harm to animals.” According to the group, activists protested the festival in 24 countries. In the following video, one practitioner says, “I am praying to Gadhimai that my name becomes big in the engineering field.”

During Bakra Eid (Festival of the Sacrifice) on October 4th and 5th, Muslims slaughtered cows, camels, goats, sheep and rams  to honor Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son to God.

In India, a Muslim woman from PETA, who promoted vegetarianism near the site of the slaughter, was mobbed by angry worshippers and arrested for “outraging religious feelings.” Dozens of media outlets reported on the incident, which brought her message of peace into millions of homes around the world.

Peaceful protester attacked for promoting vegetarianism

Peaceful protester attacked for promoting vegetarianism

Before Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, some sects of ultra-orthodox Jews transfer their sins to chickens by swinging them around their heads and slaughtering them. Protests in Brooklyn, where over 70,000 of hungry, dehydrated and weak chickens are killed each year, received international media attention.

In all three religions, practitioners invoke the name of God while killing her creatures. Attempting to counter “God said we should do this” with messages about compassion feels like a losing battle, but raising awareness, lobbying decision makers and shining an international spotlight on the abuse will slowly chip away at these barbaric religious rituals.

Your Turn

Please sign the following Change.org petitions:

1. Petition to stop animal sacrifice at the Gadhimai festival in Nepal

2. Petition to urge enforcement of laws being broken by Kaporos (chicken swinging) practitioners in New York

 



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  1. Arifudin says:

    in islam used animal sacrifice (qurban) is the teaching of God, to share meat to the people to be happy

  2. Rupuali says:

    Why people do all type of brutal animal killing in name of ritual. God will punish all this people who kill animals and not reward them with blessing

  3. Catherine says:

    Nothing would sicken the truly holy , more

  4. Julia says:

    It is a horror to kill animals for religious nonsense !! Because they do not kill and eat their own bodies. Ignorant beings and do not deserve to live. Animals deserve to live if. Prefer a live animal, rather than despicable beings like them.

    Es un horror que maten animales por estupideces religiosas!! Porque no se matan ellos y se alimentan de sus propios cadáveres. Seres así ignorantes, no merecen vivir. Los Animales si merecen vivir. Prefiero a un animal vivo, antes que seres despreciables como ellos.

  5. Lelja Hocevar says:

    I abhor all religions!

  6. Marisa says:

    SICK BASTARDS! YOU DESERVE THE SAME! RELIGIONS ARE THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL!

  7. 阿布 says:

    请停止伤害动物,爱护生命就如爱护自己。不要再自以为人类是最强大 ,动物的命也是命,人家也有自己的家庭,善待人家犹如善待自己。

  8. Judy Michaels says:

    What is this the ninth century ?

  9. Natasha Brenner says:

    This is why I am an atheist. If there were a God, would he allow such horror?

    1. Kim says:

      Exactly my thinking.

    2. Scearas says:

      because god is not in control of this world as of now. satan is.

    3. sharon mistic says:

      God is not a puppet master, he allows us to be the wicked humans we are, it’s called free will, too many people think of God in this way. always surprised at people who have staunch beliefs based on zero information.

  10. Terry says:

    It really upsets me when Jews perform the ritual of Kapparot.

    Judaism teaches that animals are part of God’s creation and should be treated with compassion. Human beings must avoid tzar baalei chayim – causing pain to any living creature.

    Why some sects don’t pay any attention to this I don’t understand. Yom Kippur is a time to atone for one’s OWN sins. How can some bogus ritual transfer a person’s sins onto an innocent being?

  11. MOREY MOSS says:

    IT TURNS MY STOMACH HOW STUPID AND CRUEL PEOPLE CAN BE. THE ONLY THING KILLING AN ANIMAL SOLVES IS ENDING THE LIFE OF AN ANIMAL. RELATING THIS TO A RELIGIOUS EVENT IS JUST INSANE. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD SACRIFICE EACH OTHER.

  12. JoAnn says:

    Animal sacrifice is horrible! Some of the most violent acts are done in the name of religion. It’s absurd.

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