Animal Sacrifice is Alive and Well

A post on animal sacrifice from The Freethinker is incredibly disheartening.I always try to acknowledge that evolution has made us meat-eaters–we exploit animals for survival (as well as gluttony). BUT that does not mean we cannot do it as humanely as possible and we do not need to do it wastefully. There is no reason in this day and age for animal sacrifice much like what just happened in Nepal to honor the Hindu god Durga. Domesticated animals were gathered up and beheaded like you see in this picture (visit Mikel Dunham’s Blog for more about this photo). What’s worse, is that apparently the animal sacrifices were state-subsidized.

We’re not talking about a couple of goats being slaughtered for a crowd. This was a gruesome display involving thousands of  animals. Per The Freethinker, “Yesterday was the main day of the sacrifices. At just one temple in the heart of the capital 54 buffaloes and 54 billy-goats were beheaded.”

Animal activists have clashed with this celebration and rightly so. Superstition persists in barbarity and cowardice. Let me define what I mean by “cowardice.” It is cowardly to kill someone or something on your behalf  for the sake of good luck, forgiveness, or to appease a deity. This applies to Hindus, ancient Jewish animal sacrifices, and modern Christians thinking that killing one man takes away all their sins–if gods are so powerful, they don’t need your miniscule gift of blood and if they are asking for such sacrifices they are vindictive and petty. “Man-up!” as the Tea Party says and take responsibility for yourself and your destiny. Don’t put it on some poor goat who doesn’t believe in your god–it just wants some grass to eat and in exchange will begrudgingly give up its milk if you have warm hands.

2 thoughts on “Animal Sacrifice is Alive and Well

  1. ”I always try to acknowledge that evolution has made us meat-eaters–we exploit animals for survival (as well as gluttony). BUT that does not mean we cannot do it as humanely as possible and we do not need to do it wastefully”

    You are a hypocrite and make no sense. You’re no better than those who sacrifice animals. And there is no “humane” way to kill an animal just like there is no ”humane” way for someone to kill your loved ones or rape your daughters, molest your sons. Killing is inhumane in its very nature.

  2. If you’re a black and white type of thinking person, this is the easy answer. To be realistic, there are shades of grey on eating meat. However, point-blank, to compare killing an animal for hamburger meat to raping a human is just ridiculous. I would think you would at least use a comparable example of cannibalism.

    What we mean by a humane killing is to first, avoid any suffering. Some pain is inevitable, it’s never easy to kill. And two, we kill for necessity, not to appease a god and waste food. We also look to create a quality of life for an animal. Cage free versus caged so tight the animal can’t move.

    Humanely is a separation from how wild animals kill to eat, thus the term. Some animals kill by breaking the neck of the victim and the pain is minimal in the end. But other predators prolong suffering. Some creatures are even eaten while still alive. Nature is not kind. Humane is an awareness of pain and it’s why we condemn animal torture. It’s often why we condemn the past for its apathy to animal pain.

    And yes, evolutionarily speaking, we are omnivores which includes eating meat. This may change over time, but I do not consider the murder of loved ones on par with killing a chicken. Rape doesn’t even enter the picture, though I would consider it inhumane to rape a chicken.

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