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Hindu Animal Slaughter Bad, Muslim Good

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Butchers with butcher knives participate in religious rituals before slaughtering buffalos during a mass sacrifice ceremony at Gadhimai temple in Bariyapur, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009.

Festival of mass animal sacrifice begins in Nepal

By Gemunu Amarasinghe, Associated Press Writer

BARIYAPUR, Nepal – The ceremony began with prayers in a temple by tens of thousands of Hindus before dawn Tuesday. Then it shifted to a nearby corral, where in the cold morning mist, scores of butchers wielding curved swords began slaughtering buffalo calves by hacking off their heads.

Over two days, 200,000 buffaloes, goats, chickens and pigeons will be killed as part of a blood-soaked festival held every five years to honor Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power.

While cows are sacred and protected by law in Nepal, animal sacrifice has a long history in this overwhelmingly Hindu country and parts of neighboring India. The Bariyapur festival has become so big, in part, because such ceremonies have been banned in many areas in the neighboring Indian state of Bihar.

And while it is criticized by animal-rights protesters, the festival is defended as a centuries-old tradition

Animal rights groups don’t have much power in Nepal, but they have staged repeated protests in recent weeks. Local news reports say some activists set up stands in towns on the way to the Bariyapur temple, offering Hindu pilgrims coconuts and other fruits to sacrifice instead of animals.

There was no sign of them Tuesday.

"We were unable to stop the animal sacrifices this year but we will continue our campaign to stop killings during this festival," said Pramada Shah of the group Animals Nepal

Experts say it will take many more years before there are changes in these deeply rooted traditions.

"They continue these animal sacrifice rituals because they believe it is a tradition that can’t be broken," said Ram Bahadur Chetri, an anthropology professor at Katmandu’s Tribhuwan University. "The people who follow these traditions believe that if they discontinue, then the gods will get angry and there could be catastrophe in the country."

Buffaloes, goats, chicken and ducks are sacrificed at most Hindu homes in Nepal during the Dasain festivals, which fell in September this year.

As we have mentioned several times before, we hold no brief for the ritual slaughter of animals. (That is, where their throats are cut and they are left to slowly die as their blood runs out.)

But this Hindu festival only happens every five years.

Surely more than 200,000 animals are cruelly ritually slaughtered during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha year in and year out all around the Moslem world.

Have the animal-rights protesters ever protested Eid al-Adha?

We’ve never seen them.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Hindu Animal Slaughter Bad, Muslim Good”

  1. Petronius

    The Islamic ritual slaughter of animals in the Eid al-Adha (or Feast of Sacrifice) is already happening in Europe.

    How long before it is also happening in America?

  2. Liberals Demise

    Peta wouldn’t dare voice an opinion against this sick ritual.
    MacDonalds won’t blow up their buildings or homes.
    That is why they don’t bat an eye at the animal jihadist.

    “Happy El Preducto”

  3. sheehanjihad

    Have the animal-rights protesters ever protested Eid al-Adha?

    They know better than to do that. If they even peek from behind their desks and slightly frown with disapproval….they will be treated my Islamists just like the Eid al-adha animals are…albeit with a lot less mercy than shown the animals.

    No, they do courageous things, like throw paint on people from behind….and protest only those who wont slit their throats for speaking out against a religious tradition steeped in blood and death.. yeah, go after those murderous and dangerous Hindus…that’s the spirit. Hypocritical buttock cleansers.

  4. wirenut

    Animal rights activists would love to deny me my ritual of deer hunting here in Wisconsin. No gods here to please, just meat for the table. Fathers and sons, Mothers and daughters passing down the knowledge of woodsman-ship and self-reliance. Most of my reverence for all that has been created, comes from what I have witnessed while hunting.
    Activists and media try to equate “this” blood bath with our natural heritage called hunting. They’re gutless cowards for not standing up, and even worse. They never had to provide for themselves.

    • ptat

      Right on Wirenut! The duplicity and hypocrisy of these cowards is laughable. I can hear them now:”Hey,if we are true to principal we should also protest Eid al-Ada.”– “What are you , nuts?! Hey, we’re not CRAZY! They would kill us!”

  5. puhiawa

    Madonna will get right on it./

  6. canary

    Obama’s early introduction to Islam and Hindu, came from his step-father Lolo, who he became very close to, becoming “power”. His mother said he took after his real father too. She encouraged him to embrace Indonesia culture, and to disdain America; to learn his birth father’s power.
    Obama calls these memories the best years of his youth.

    Dreams from My Father — Barack Obama (excerpts from pgs 36-50)

    “… It had taken me less than six months to learn Indonesia’s language, it’s customs, and it’s legends…..

    Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths….

    The world was violent, I was learning, unpredictable and often cruel…
    But her knowledge of floods and exorcisms and cockfights left much to be desired…
    So it was to Lolo that I turned for guidance and instruction.

    POWER: The word fixed in my mother’s mind like a curse. In America, it had generally remained hidden from view until you dug beneath the surface of things;….

    He was right, of course. She was foreigner, middle-class and white and protected by her heredity whether she wanted protection or not. She could always leave if things got too messy. That possibility negated anything she might say to Lolo; it was the unbreachable barrier between them. She looked out the window now and saw that Lolo and I had moved on, the grass flattened where the two us us had been. The sight made her shudder slightly, and she rose to her feet filled with a sudden panic.
    Power was taking her son.

    …Such arguments were rare, though; my mother and Lolo would remain cordial though, …the separation and eventual divorce, up until the last time I saw Lolo, ten years later, when my mother helped him travel to Los Angeles to treat a liver ailment that would kill him at the age of fifty-one.

    What tension I noticed had mainly to do with the gradual shift in my mother’s attitude toward me. She had always encouraged my rapid acculturation in Indonesia: ….She had taught me to disdain the blend of ignorance and arrogance that too often characterized Americans abroad.

    …”If you want to grow into a human being,” she would say to me, “you’re going to needs some values.”…
    It was as if, by traveling halfway around the globe, away from the smugness and hypocrisy that familiarity had disclosed, my mother could give voice to the virtues of her midwestern past and offer them up in distilled form.

    …My mother’s confidence in needlepoint virtues depended on a faith I didn’t possess, a faith that she would refuse to describe as religious: that, in fact, her experience told her was sacrilegious:…

    She had only one ally in all this, and that was the distant authority of my father…He had led his life according to…, principles that promised a higher form of power.

    I would follow his example, my mother decided. I had no choice. It was in the genes.
    “You have me to thank for your eyebrow….your father has these little wispy eyebrows that don’t amount to much. But, your brains, your character, you got from him.”

  7. yadayada

    “They continue these animal sacrifice rituals because they believe it is a tradition that can’t be broken,” said Ram Bahadur Chetri, an anthropology professor at Katmandu’s Tribhuwan University. “The people who follow these traditions believe that if they discontinue, then the gods will get angry and there could be catastrophe in the country.”

    yet the American tradition of public prayer to the GOD of all creation (no knives, no animal sacrifice, no blood, just prayer) lest he become angry with our country, needs to be crushed at all cost……

    we aren’t even allowed to pray within 500′ of an abortion clinic. no insane ritual sacrifice occuring there.

    maybe we can start praying at slaughter houses and . . . . . . .

  8. The Manchester Document was obtained from the terrorists and now the Circus Trials by the Obama Admimistration will begin in NYC:

    http://wolfpangloss.wordpress......-document/

    http://wolfpangloss.files.word.....cument.pdf

  9. joeblough

    Yeah. I noticed this too.

    We’re drowning in crap.




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