Eid al-Adha or “the feast of sacrifice”, is a commemoration of the tale of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his own son at god's demand, as part of a twisted faith and loyalty test. In reward to Abraham's obedience, his son is spared, in exchange for a much more “suitable” and “natural” victim – a ram. This epic myth of the ultimate obedience and its, so called, happy ending is commemorated in all 3 monotheistic religions, and is still universally admired. Millions of animals, all around the world, are slaughtered in millions of Muslim houses and public squares during Eid al-Adha.
Knowing such butchery happens daily all over the world, many activists give it no special attention. They see it as more of the same horribleness, disregarding the added spiritual and cultural element and its long term implications. But the ritual is significant even if it doesn't increase the number of victims in the short term (assuming more or less the same number of animals would have been slaughtered as part or separately from the ritual). And it is so from 3 main angles which are specified in this post
In the last couple of years the top rated charity of the effective altruism movement is the Against Malaria Foundation, an organization dedicated to protect people from the disease by funding mosquito nets distribution. The malaria net has long been a symbol for aid. However, many humans from waterside communities in sub-Saharan Africa are not using these nets against mosquitoes, but against fishes. This post explains how so
When thinking about festivals which involve animal abuse, most think about bloody fiestas, mostly the infamous Spanish ones. However there is an endless list of exploitive festivals, all over the world. In some of them, mostly in what is referred to as western nations, no blood is shed during the festival, but plenty is spilled before and after. Here is a post about bloody fiestas in their “civilized” version
Every year in Pamplona, Spain, probably the most famous animal abuse festival in the world has ended. It is called the fiesta in honor of San Fermin, but most know it as Running of the Bulls. In 2002 PETA and the local organization AnimaNaturalis have launched a campaign against the bulls run, offering a different thrill, looking at naked humans running instead of at terrified bulls. Please read our critical review over it and over its critics in this post and this videoment. http://www.onlyonesolution.org/blog/blog/2015/07/14/the-inherent-objectification
In the last couple of years Peter Singer has set himself as spokesperson of a new movement called Effective Altruism. A few months ago he published a new book called The Most Good You Can Do which is kind of a manifest of this movement. Please read our review of the book and movement in a post called Effective Disillusionment - http://www.onlyonesolution.org/blog/blog/2015/08/07/effective-compromising