Stop the animal sacrifice in the Aid al-Kabir and the Eid al-Adha

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  • recipient: Aid al-Kabir stop animal sacrifice!
Aid al-kabir (the greater aid) also called Eid al-Adha is one of the two most important Islamic festivals. Eid al-Adha begins on the 10th day of Dhu'l-Hijja, the last month of the Islamic calendar. Lasting for three days, it occurs at the conclusion of the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, not simply those undertaking the hajj, which for most Muslims is a once-a-lifetime occurrence.

Eid Al-Adha commemorates Prophet Abraham's willingness to obey God when he envisioned that he was to sacrifice his son. Muslims observe this day by slaughtering an animal (usually a sheep) and then offering much of its meat in charity to poor people. The sacrifice symbolizes obedience to Allah and its distribution to others is an expression of generosity, one of the five pillars of Islam.

Eid Al Adha will be celebrated this year on 7th November 2011 (+-1 day) depending on the country, the Festival of Sacrifice is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims, Eid ul-Adha annually falls on the 10th day of the month of Dul Hijja of the lunar Islamic calendar. Holidays are supposed to be joyous times, but for animals, they are often the worst of times no matter what religion is celebrating the holiday. During the Muslim holy days of Eid al-Adha, millions of animals, including camels, lambs, goats, and cows, had their throats cut in memory of Abraham's sacrifice of a sheep.

Camels typically have one of their front legs tied up and their rear legs roped together so they can hardly stand, and their mouths are often tied shut. Surrounded by a throng of onlookers, the terrified camels are held down with ropes while someone plunges a knife into their throat. Braying and thrashing in pain, the camels slowly bleed to death. Thankfully, some Muslims are questioning this practice.

If the way that animals are killed during Eid al-Adha disturbs us, what about the millions of turkeys who are slammed into shackles, dangled upside-down by their fragile legs, and killed when their throats are cut open while the birds are still conscious—just so that they can end up on someone's Thanksgiving table? This gruesome slaughter of 6,000 animals was carried out in full view of locals, including children, and animals who were tied up waiting helplessly for their turn. 

At half past nine on the morning of 7 November, thousands of faithful Muslims gathered at the courtyard of El Pinar de Melilla to pray. Half an hour later, one of the faithful immobilised a lamb tied to a nearby tree, and slit his throat.

A further 7 million animals were killed during similar ‘celebrations’ in Morocco.

All methods of slaughter are equally unjust as the domination and exploitation of animals reflects an irrational prejudice towards members of a different species than our own. This prejudice is known as speciesism. 

Animal Equality believes that it is time for respect to be extended beyond our own species and incorporated into our daily lives through the adoption of a vegan lifestyle which excludes all animal products.
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