“What do you think we can do if we buy sheep”, my friend said with the typical logic of his own. One way or another he always succeed to make me the responsible one and him the victim of the destiny he calls “our culture”, his culture i.e.
I am a vegetarian. And I have been since the mid-70s, so it is much more than a whim or a fashion trend. It’s my space, borders and ethics, even if I belong to a minority.
Yet, you cannot override my claims to be seen, heard and respected for being a vegetarian. It’s not me who should be polite and eat what you offer or claims I should eat, but you who must show me respect and not try to persuade me to eat what’s made of killed animals.
It lives about 7 billion humans on this earth. The number of vegetarians in the world is not certain but is calculated to be about 375 million people. In Sweden there I live is the number even more uncertain, but maybe around 6 %. Less if you look to those who are vegans. It means I belong to a questioned minority, even if media food pages overflows of vegetarian recipes.
As a vegetarian you have to accept to daily live with meat-eaters and you have to shop in groceries full of body parts of killed animals. The former you hardly react on. The later you never get used to and I become less and less comfortable with it. It is disgusting to stand in line at a check out at the grocery and the customer before you or after you load the conveyor belt with red and raw meat pieces. I really would like to have access to groceries with no animal products!
Still, it’s quite an exception to be socializing with someone who has slaughter an animal at the backyard at his home. Who intend to do it again at the end of this week.
I think like this: if you have cut the throat of a sheep to bleed to death, you can next kill a human too. That is what I think!
Meat-eaters often get provoked and frustrated “dealing” with vegetarian in daily life. For reasons I don’t understand. Not so killers. The fact I am a vegetarian – is for the most animal killers “not a problem”. They say. And that was also what a wild animal hunter decades ago said to me, asking me for a date.
Killers have become so desensitized of the practice you have to make a strongly expressed standpoint, to make the other to back off. That “no” is no. Friends is okay, but no way I would I have a killer in my home or bed!
This food subject come up in my living reality now at this time, because a friend came to talk about of the Islam feast called Eid Al Adha, coming in a few days.
Eid Al Adha begins the first of September this year. It begins with buying a sheep and kill it at the backyard. Not in Sweden, of course, individuals are not allowed to kill animals, you must buy your meat here.
This feast is said to be a feast of joy over the greatness of Allah. Because he ordered Abraham in a dream to sacrifice his most beloved son Isac to the honor of God. In the last minute God saved Abraham and said his faith was proven enough, it would be enough with sacrifice an animal. That’s how loving Allah is, the Muslims claims. That is what they celebrate.
So I have understood it. If that is what is asked of by God, I think he’s simply a sick sadist. In a human shape you would not deal with someone having such personality disorder, would you? And Abraham then, what a mutton-head was he believing such a dream came from God? Not to speak of the disorder of that poor youngster Isac….
This my friend worries at times for me because of my secular faith as not to worship God means no place in Paradise. I say “fuck the Paradise” for that kind of God, with such barbaric demands.
And then all these innocent animals now to be sacrificed because of people’s prejudices and fears and lack of a critical and reflecting mind, it’s just disgusting. So be aware – coming days blood will flood over the Muslim countries.
In Morocco, as only an example, there are access to 5,3 million sheep to be killed to the first of September. 5,3 millions and that is one country only. What a flood of blood…
The current population of Morocco is 35,305,885 based on the latest United Nations estimates. It makes about one sheep on 6 – 7 people. The most in Morocco lives if possible in extended families with grandparents and grown and married children, three or more generations together. It actually limits the extent of this barbaric practice. Still it’s an everyone event, this slaughtering it’s called “the feast of joy” with presents for children, buying new clothes and so on.
This of course, to compare with the Swedish Christmas – also a feast for children and relatives, there you have to spend money – you have or may not have – and eat the grilled butt of a killed pig. I certainly condemns this practice as well! And I have not much sympathy for Christianity. Or any established religion at all.
To you who might think you have no alternative than to offer sheep blood, I will tip you on a very good blog called onearab.com. The woman named Neda having this blog writes for example this, quoting:
When I was growing up, my family performed this almost every year. My brother and I would cower in the back of the garden watching a butcher read a blessing over a sheep he had hauled over in the back of his rickety truck. As per Halal requisites, he would feed it some water, say Bismillah (in the name of God) and swiftly slit it’s throat. I sometimes find it odd that I never really questioned the practice while growing up – or that I continued to eat meat for years after, but something about seeing the ritual year-on-year from such a young age left me desensitized in sense. It wasn’t till I started eschewing meat altogether that I started to question this unnecessarily brutal ritual, which stood out to me like a sore thumb in a religion that preached compassion, love and understanding for all living beings.
If my religion asks that I offer something I deem valuable to those less fortunate to give thanks for my own blessings and sustenance – I will not hesitate. I will offer a basket of fresh organic vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lentils. I will offer money, clothes, books and toys. But I will not compromise the life of an innocent animal and inflict pain and suffering where it is not needed.
What can you do if your family buy a sheep, my friend asked me. Well, you don’t have to participate in the killing, making yourself to a murderer. You don’t have to eat meat, either. But I’m not telling you what to eat. It is not my choice what you eat, it is your choice. It is your responsibility.
However, no one can slaughter animals without me interfering in the doing, telling what I think about it. It’s wrong!
Please note this post is an statement against the killing of animals and not against religious festivals of any kind.