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treatment of animals in Islam

Reader comment on item: Resisting Islamic Law
in response to reader comment: The logic of Syed Ali who lives in India

Submitted by Don (Pakistan), Feb 26, 2008 at 20:21

It's not just dogs. Animals in Islamic countries live miserable and abused lives. The donkeys are beaten, jabbed with the sharp end of sticks, whipped unnecessarily, and overloaded and overused. When they die - often of exhaustion - they're simply left on the side of a road. Children chase and throw rocks at stray dogs as game, and their parents don't stop it - in fact, I usually see parents egging them on on cheering a good throw/strike.

But if you really want to see islams love of animals, go to an Islamic country during Eid, the last day of Ramadan. All types of animals from shhep, bulls, water buffulo, goats, and even camels are salughtered in the streets, fields, and driveways of Muslims all over the Islamic world. Children are forced to slit the throats - an "honor" - and help to pull the skin off the animals.

Before these animals are slaughtered, as they're tied up waiting for their death, the children are throwing rocks at the animals, poking them with sticks, hitting them, and proving their bravery by going right up to the animal and punching or slapping it. Do the adults stop it? Nope...they encourage it and laugh and cheer. It's so sad to see, and I've been through Eid in three different Islamic countries - I absolutely hate it. The blood flows down the streets and the smell of death is all over. And for what? Some ancient barbaric ceremony that Muslims consider sacred.

Bottom line: Muslims have absolutely no respect for animals, and when you see what they do to these poor creatures with such enjoyment, it's no wonder that beheading, slitting throats, mutilating human bodies isn't such a far step away for them.

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