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.