Animal Cruelty

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// December 20th, 2006 // Blog

I'm no vegetarian.

I love my meat.

Chicken, lamb, beef… shove them in a curry, and i'll eat them!

But watching this video brought to light how poorly such animals may be treated before ending up on my plate.

** Warning: Video contains graphic images of animal slaughter **

I previously mentioned an article on Animal rights in Islam. It clearly shows how animals should enjoy kind treatment from Muslims, even if they are to be slaughtered for food. The lives of these creatures are permitted to us by God, but He has also held us accountable for their welfare. It is worth noting that the article also mentions research that shows the ritual slaughter of animals via the Islamic method causes less pain to the animals than stunning.

Sadly, it does not shock me that animals suffer such cruel treatment at human hands – when we do not show kindness to our own kind, what will drive us to show kindness to those whom we deem lower than ourselves?

When Muslims do not fear God sufficiently, altruism is the last thing on our minds. May Allāh forgive us and help us to fear and obey Him, and maintain justice to all creatures on this Earth.

I'm not sure whether the meat we buy from our local Halal butcher is imported or reared locally. For most produce local is best, ethically-speaking, but this is especially true when it comes to animals because of the terrible conditions they may suffer during transport.

I don't wish to be a hypocrite – although i agree that fair trade, organic and other such concepts are noble, i do not make the effort to purchase these goods on a regular basis, mainly because i don't do the grocery shopping! inshā’Allāh i will have more say when i'm in charge of this department – i just pray my bank balance allows for it, inshā’Allāh.

This is just one of many things that i have to work on… i need help sticking to my goals! Time to employ some local sisters who are far more motivated than i am, māshā’Allāh. May Allāh help us and accept our good deeds. āmīn

2 Responses to “Animal Cruelty”

  1. AnonyMouse says:

    As-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu,

    Heh, the situation is exactly the same here! I can’t live without meat, but I’ve also read far too much about animal cruelty at slaughterhouses and the places where many of the animals are raised…
    Unfortunately, my parents are of a different opinion than I – so long as we can get the good food at a good price, they really can’t be bothered to do inspections of the facilities before they decide whether or not to buy from them or not.
    And I guess I get where they’re coming from… after all, my dad works hard to support us, and whatever money he makes goes directly towards food, shelter, etc. and it would only make things more difficult for us if we try to go 100% tree-hugger or whatever.
    In any case, my parents remind me, we get our meat fresh – we buy the animals from local farmers, and my dad goes and personally slaughters them Islamically, so insha’Allah it’s all good…

    However, insha’Allah in the future, when I have more control over certain things, I want to be able to make some changes to things like this…

    Muslims4AnimalRights! ;) :P :D

  2. iMuslim says:

    Wa’alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu Sis!

    100% tree-hugger?!! You are funny!

    I take for granted how easy it is for my generation of Muslims in the UK to purchase halal meat. In the States, and i imagine in Canada, people have to travel miles and buy in bulk or have to perform the slaughter themselves as your pops does, mashallah.

    In a way doing your own zabiha is good, because it makes you appreciate the life that has been sacrificed to ensure your own survival. Also you don’t have to worry about whether the meat is truly halal – there have been some dodgy stories and scandals in this regard. That is why we now have the Halal Meat Council in England, though there is no onus on the butchers to join them.

    Wa’salam

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