On the eve of Bakrid, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is having goats for dinner — not as the main course, but as the guests of honour. PETA India welcomed the goats for some festive fun on Thursday, when the group served the animals a feast of vegetables, leaves and other healthful and delicious treats that they love at a special Bakrid gathering, just for them. The goats were then taken to a permanent loving home.
“The beautiful religion of Islam has always viewed animals as a special part of God’s creation,” says PETA India Corporate and Government Affairs Liaison Sarfaraz Syed. “We encourage everyone to help make the world a kinder place by taking the opportunity that Bakrid affords to give alms such as vegetables, fruits, breads or pulses to people and animals in need and choosing delicious, healthy meals that no one has to die for.”
Eating meat causes suffering on a massive scale. Goats, as well as cows, buffaloes and sheep — are crammed into vehicles for slaughter in such high numbers that many break their bones, suffocate or die en route. At abattoirs, workers often hack at animals’ throats with dull blades. Chickens on factory farms are crowded by the thousands into dark sheds that reek of ammonia from the accumulated waste in which the animals are forced to stand. Fish are often crushed and mutilated while still alive.