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Lambs to the (Eid) Slaughter

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For hundreds of thousands of Australian animals exported to the Middle East, this week will be a nightmare

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Carol H (229)
Monday November 22, 2010, 11:45 am
sadly noted, thanks Cher

Michael Feenaughty (267)
Monday November 22, 2010, 2:27 pm

Michela M (3964)
Monday November 22, 2010, 2:55 pm
Noted!! Thanks, Ciao!! Michela

Mara S (61)
Monday November 22, 2010, 3:13 pm
Aren't we "bigots" for saying anything aginst barbarism ?

Against the lack of any feelings for these poor animals at the hands of "pious" people ??

DC Bass (269)
Monday November 22, 2010, 3:57 pm
For hundreds of thousands of Australian animals exported to the Middle East, this week will be a nightmare.

It is the week the streets quite literally turn red with blood - their blood.

It is the week of the Islamic Festival of Sacrifice - or Eid al Adha - celebrated each year at the conclusion of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

According to the Old Testament, Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his son but, just as he was about to sacrifice him, an angel stopped him and gave him a ram to sacrifice instead.

The Eid al Adha commemorates Abraham's willingness to obey God.

During this three day festival, millions of peaceful sheep, cattle, goats and camels will be subjected to a terrifying and violent death.

Last year in Saudi Arabia alone, 685,000 animals were sacrificed and globally the numbers killed were around 20 million.

In 2006 Animals Australia’s Communication Director Lyn White witnessed first hand the brutality of this festival. She stated, "I had been told that on the morning of the Eid the streets of Cairo ran red with blood. I did not think for a moment that this could be true". "I was soon to learn that this was an accurate portrayal of this terrible day.

In every street crowds were gathering watching animals being slaughtered on footpaths and driveways." The quadrangle of a shopping centre " turned into a sea of blood as the sheep were brutally slaughtered."

Although Australia has been exporting animals to the Middle East for 30 years it was not until Animals Australia investigators went there in 2003 and 2006 that the barbaric treatment of our animals was exposed.

Investigators witnessed sheep and cattle being kicked, beaten, dragged off boats by their ears and legs, tossed from trucks and abandoned in barren feedlots.

They witnessed sheep being tightly bound with twine and thrown into car boots and cattle having their tendons slashed and eyes stabbed with knives. They witnessed bound sheep, lined up in rows, having their throats slit in full view of one another.

In Kuwait they saw a trussed sheep loaded into a wheelbarrow then pushed to the door of a boarding house. He was then dragged up two flights of stairs before being slaughtered on the floor of a filthy communal toilet.

Of course, even before Australian animals arrive in these countries they will have suffered enormously. The voyage itself is so horrendous that many animals fail to survive it. In 2008, 36,490 animals died at sea and just last February, on a 22 day voyage to Egypt aboard the Ocean Shearer, 300 cattle and 360 sheep perished.

Of course, too, every single animal exported from Australia - even if it's not at the time of the Eid - will meet a grisly and cruel death since ritual slaughter is the norm in all importing countries.

All animals will have their throats agonizingly cut whilst fully conscious and all will die slowly and terrifyingly.

For our Federal government to allow around 3-4 million sheep, 900,000 cattle and 97,000 goats per year to be sent to this unspeakably cruel fate is both shameful and inexcusable.

Surely it's time for all Australians to demand an end to this barbaric and inhumane trade that condemns so many innocent animals to such enormous, and needless, suffering.

Mara S (61)
Monday November 22, 2010, 4:18 pm
And why is this specific event notable? Because of its extent? This IS the way they kill EVERY single day, all year long....

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Monday November 22, 2010, 5:09 pm

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Past Member (0)
Monday November 22, 2010, 11:43 pm
I am not anti-Islam but I am against any animal sacrifices and think all of us throughout the world should stop slaughtering, eating and wearing animals. The human race has progressed - let's show our animal neighbours that we are evolving and not devolving.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 3:45 am
There are direct injunctions in the Old Testament AGAINST animal sacrifice that have been consistently ignored since the writing of the Hebrew Scriptures!

"Of what use are all of your sacrifices to Me? I take no pleasure in the blood of calves, lambs, and goats....When you spread out your hands, I close My eyes to you; despite however much you pray, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood! Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before My eyes and stop doing evil." -Isaiah 1:11, 15-16. This obvious, direct, and clear directive, equates animal bloodshed with sin, not the remittance of it! The Judeo-Christian God is stating he will not even recognize the prayers of those involved! God (whose personal name in the Hebrew Scriptures is Yahweh,) obviously places this very severe penalty for reasons of great importance.

"To kill an ox is like slaying a man; sacrificing a lamb, like breaking a dog's neck." -Isaiah 66:3-4

"A righteous man takes care of his beast, but the heart of the wicked is merciless." -Proverbs 12:10

It would seem to me that there are some who wish to pick and choose which Scriptures to follow and which to ignore, depending on personal motive; or to attempt to make certain cultural practices "acceptable" within the confines of their own religious dogma. Reforms in all faiths that require or encourage animal sacrifice is the obvious necessary step towards bringing all to the knowledge that all animals feel pain, and deserve life as much as we do. Animals are spiritually innocent and sinless, and are not born within the state of "Original Sin" as humans, which happened after the fall of Adam and Eve. Reform is absolutely possible, as Jesus' Jewish followers abandoned animal sacrifice after His death, whereafter Christ is called "The Lamb of God" for willingly sacrificng Himself for all mankind.

christine s (340)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 5:11 am
WHEN will we stop killing, WHEN will we stop eating animals,WHEN will they live without cruelty from humans?????????????????????????????????????????/

Linda M (1748)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 8:44 am
Truly freaking sickening.

Catherine Turley (192)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:10 pm
i started giving to an islamic charity after the pakistan earthquake, but had to stop because i couldn't stand all the animal sacrifice literature.

Animae C (513)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:21 pm
Australian's have been demaning an end to this slaughter!
We've succeeded in stopping live export to Egypt!
We continue to work against all live Animal exports.

Irene Leggett (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 2:52 pm
A truly disgusting practise, visit the site AnimalsAustralia for more info as they have been campaigning to get all live exports of cattle and sheep stopped to all the Middle Eastern countries. Totally barbaric and it seems worse as all participants are cheering and laughing as they continue to abuse and torture these poor animals. Once again, all in the name of 'religion', but really just an excuse to perform these barbaric rituals on terrified creatures.

Romila Lal (9)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 5:25 pm
I agree with Andrea O e finger this true.

James W (257)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 5:43 pm
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