Monday, November 22, 2010

Id al-Adha: Idiotic, Cruel and Shocking Annual Muslim Holiday Begins: Insanity Legalized as Sick Voyeurs Get Off on Mass Slaughter

Let me start with this quote taken from the story below: “In abattoirs, some workers sodomize the beasts with knives to drive them into the pens…”

Yes, the idiots are at it again: mass slaughter based on a story of religion. So, others suffer horrendous deaths (and pre-deaths) while idiots actually cheer, take pictures and, as mentioned below, “[l]ittle boys daubed their hands in the blood and spattered one another…”

LET’S JUST SAY THAT IF WE DID THIS IN OUR HOMES, WE’D BE CONSIDERED INSANE.

I could go on, but I’ve decided to post three paragraphs that pretty much sum up the idiotic and horribly cruel holiday in the Muslim world known as Id al-Adha. For the complete story, you will find the text of it and a link to it posted in below these disturbing paragraphs.

“Amateurs slaughter their own sheep at home in many Arab countries, with no special training on how to spare the animals pain. It is common to see men hurling terrified sheep into the backs of trucks, and beating the animals as they herd them to the killing grounds. In abattoirs, some workers sodomize the beasts with knives to drive them into the pens, Ms. Abaza and other activists said.

The scene in Cairo’s working-class Sayyida Zeinab neighborhood Tuesday morning was fairly typical: camels bellowed as blood-soaked butchers wrestled dozens of animals to the ground and slashed their throats for an admiring crowd.

Neighbors leaned out their windows to watch and cheer, or snap cellphone pictures. Little boys daubed their hands in the blood and spattered one another, and teenagers helped remove steaming entrails from the carcasses. Scores of people pressed forward to buy fresh meat for the ritual holiday meal, standing in puddles of clotted gore.”

Article:

Activist Relies on Islam to Fight for Animal Rights

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/22/world/africa/22egypt.html?_r=1&src=me

CAIRO — It is never easy to be an animal rights activist in the Arab world. But on Id al-Adha, the annual Muslim religious holiday when the streets run red with the blood of slaughtered sheep, cows and camels, it is a nightmare.

Scott Nelson for The New York Times

Amina Abaza, an Egyptian animal rights activist.

“Ah, I can’t stand it!” wailed Amina Abaza, wincing as she drove through a gantlet of hanging carcasses and entrails, with doomed sheep bleating all around her. “Islam is all about compassion, but we don’t practice it!”

An ebullient 55-year-old with a big mane of blond hair, Ms. Abaza has spent a decade campaigning to spare the animals, or at least require more humane slaughtering methods. She has a long way to go.

The scene in Cairo’s working-class Sayyida Zeinab neighborhood Tuesday morning was fairly typical: camels bellowed as blood-soaked butchers wrestled dozens of animals to the ground and slashed their throats for an admiring crowd.

Neighbors leaned out their windows to watch and cheer, or snap cellphone pictures. Little boys daubed their hands in the blood and spattered one another, and teenagers helped remove steaming entrails from the carcasses. Scores of people pressed forward to buy fresh meat for the ritual holiday meal, standing in puddles of clotted gore.

For most Muslims, the holiday, which ended Friday night, is a joyful time with a charitable theme: according to tradition, a third of the slaughtered meat is to be given to relatives, and a third to the poor. It is a welcome gift in Egypt, where the price of meat has been rising and many families cannot afford it.

What bothers Ms. Abaza and other activists is not the principle of Id al-Adha — the Feast of Sacrifice — which commemorates the biblical story in which God allows Abraham to slaughter a ram instead of his own son. Nor do they object to animal slaughter itself (Ms. Abaza is not a vegetarian).

Instead, they complain that many butchers fail to abide even by Islam’s own strictures: that the animal should not be mistreated, and should not see or hear other animals being killed.

Amateurs slaughter their own sheep at home in many Arab countries, with no special training on how to spare the animals pain. It is common to see men hurling terrified sheep into the backs of trucks, and beating the animals as they herd them to the killing grounds. In abattoirs, some workers sodomize the beasts with knives to drive them into the pens, Ms. Abaza and other activists said.

“If you want to give a good image of Muslims and the Koran, why do you do this?” Ms. Abaza said, her operatic voice rising in indignation. “Why are we Muslims the ones known for this kind of behavior?”

Ms. Abaza and a small but growing band of fellow activists have had some impact. In 2006 she helped an Australian reporter film at a slaughterhouse with a hidden camera. The resulting exposé created a scandal in Australia, and soon afterward the Australian government suspended shipping live sheep to Egypt.

That got Ms. Abaza some attention, most of it negative. “People think we are attacking Islam,” she said. “They accuse you of being an American, a Jew, a Freemason.”

It is true that Westerners tend to recoil a bit from the mass slaughter that takes place on Id al-Adha, despite the reality that plenty of animals are slaughtered in the West in ways that make animal rights activists cringe. Muslims can be sensitive about the Western reaction, and Ms. Abaza, who grew up here in a wealthy Francophone family, is an easy target.

When she first started her organization in 2001, the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt, her rhetoric was largely borrowed from similar Western groups.

“Then I discovered that there are animal rights in Islam,” she said. “Once we started using the Islamic arguments, they didn’t attack us as much.”

Some religious authorities agree with Ms. Abaza, but they rarely raise their voices, certainly not on the Adha holiday.

“Muslims are passing through a period of degeneration where they are applying the Shariah law circumstantially and moodily,” said Sheik Ahmed al-Baba, a prominent Sunni cleric and member of the Islamic Endowment Council in Lebanon. “Some ordinary people do the slaughtering process and in a wrong way. They don’t have experience, they don’t know we are obliged not to harm the animal.”

In fact, the Koran and the Islamic written traditions that form Shariah, or religious law, specify minimum ages for animals to be slaughtered, and provide details about avoiding any unnecessary pain, Sheik Baba said.

In fairness, those rules are difficult to apply on a large scale. At the Basateen slaughterhouse, near the vast cemetery known as the City of the Dead, butchers stride about in knee-high rubber boots, surrounded by lakes of feces, blood and urine. It was here that the Australian reporter documented animal abuses in 2006.

But the procedures do not appear to have changed. On Monday, one butcher described it this way: “We just throw them on their sides and cut their throats and say ‘Allahu Akbar.’ ” Asked whether the beasts were able to see and hear others being killed, he replied: “Sure, why not?”

As for Ms. Abaza, she chose to celebrate the holiday in her own unique way. She drove to the local sheep market, where she bought a female sheep for 1,000 Egyptian pounds (about $175) and asked the butchers to load it in the back of her S.U.V. The men offered to slaughter it for her, and on hearing that she planned to “rescue” it, they could not contain their mirth. She paid no attention.

“Baaaa! You’re lucky!” she said jauntily, beaming at the animal.

She then drove to her ramshackle farm in the town of Sakara, on the outskirts of Cairo, where she keeps donkeys and sheep as pets. On the way, she groaned as she passed trucks full of sheep headed for slaughter, and dozens of fly-specked animal carcasses hanging in the sun.

“It’s a bloody day,” she said scornfully. “I hate this feast. Millions will be killed.”

Dawlat Magdy and Scott Nelson contributed reporting from Cairo, and Hwaida Saad from Beirut, Lebanon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Rise Again of Psychopathic Dog Abuser Killer Michael Vick Proves that Society (and the NFL) is Based not on Ethics, but on Money: FU Roger Goodell

Let me start by saying that I am a football guy. I’ve played it and I’ve coached it. So, this is why I need to say this. I’m beyond angry that a sport I’ve loved is forever soiled and the transparency of which is the nature of the NFL is now clear.

In summary, had most people committed and become convicted of felonies (regardless of the crime) we’d be hard pressed to even get a job unless it’s very low level, low pay work. In fact, felons are ineligible for student loans, which would prevent anyone from improving their lives after release from jail.

So why is it then that Michael Vick, a convicted felon (aka, convict) is now back at superstar, millionaire status with people eating out of his hands? Roger Goodell speaks a good game about the NFL having ethics, but the truth stands that this talk is simply window dressing. The truth stands that the NFL gladly welcomes convicted felons back into their league. Why? Money.

I guess it’s true; the NFL is an acronym for the National Felon League.

Since I have no other means of airing this anger, I had to post this. All the idiots have forgotten about the horrid crimes of animal abuse committed by a sick and twisted Michael Vick. But for those who stand for ethics beyond money, we stand sick and disturbed by the nature of the NFL, and of society. Because, when it comes down to it, if this society truly put morals and ethics above money (which it says it does) the NFL would have to follow and Michel Vick would be picking up trash in shame vs. once again being treated like a god so full of money that it seems his evil was rewarded.

FU Roger Goodell and the NFL!! Thanks for ruining my game!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Amazon.com and Chief Jeff Bezos Exposed for Selling Books on Dog Fighting and Cockfighting: In Addition to Selling Books on Pedophilia

WTF is wrong with Bezos and Amazon? Money has gone to his head? He doesn’t care?

Whatever the reason is, why is Amazon allowed to provide assistance in engaging in illegal activity?

I guess the abuse of kids and animals doesn’t bother Bezos while he sits in his Seattle mansion. Wake up idiot!!

As stated below:

“In a letter sent Friday, PETA cited two books, "The Art Of Cockfighting -- A Handbook for Beginners and Old Timers" and "Dogs of Velvet and Steel." The group said that like the "Pedophile's Guide," both books encourage illegal actions.”

Article:

PETA wants animal-fighting books removed

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/11/13/PETA-wants-animal-fighting-books-removed/UPI-70901289672465/

Published: Nov. 13, 2010 at 1:21 PM

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. animal-rights group has written Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos, urging him to remove books on dog and cockfighting from the online store.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals cited Amazon's decision this week to drop "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure," CNN reported.

In a letter sent Friday, PETA cited two books, "The Art Of Cockfighting -- A Handbook for Beginners and Old Timers" and "Dogs of Velvet and Steel." The group said that like the "Pedophile's Guide," both books encourage illegal actions.

Lindsey Rajit, a PETA spokeswoman, said in addition to encouraging animal abuse the books could do further harm to society.

"Animal abuse is one of the first warning signs we see in people who turn and direct violence toward people," she said. "This is really important because the twisted whims of people who enjoy watching animals fight to the death is not something Amazon should be catering to. There are greater societal implications."

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Election 2010: Results Bad for Animal Rights

Is it really that much of a surprise? Sadly, no.

As stated in the article below, “…voters in Arkansas, South Carolina, and Tennessee approved constitutional rights to hunt and fish.” Yet, there were a couple bright spots as you’ll also read below.

I’d like to thank the author at http://hcb.typepad.com/hounded_cowed_badgered/ for keeping track of these issues. I’ve pasted in the text below for those in need of quick information, but please do visit the site to read this and more.

Article:

Animal initiatives become law


I'm sure animal law is on few folks' minds this morning, given the changed legal landscape in our federal government and in many states. It seems safe to say the gains made by Republicans will have little effect on animal welfare, much less animal rights. Only animals in the wild are seriously protected by law, in the form of environmental statutes, and few politicians seem focused on environmental issues.

The election did mean some changes in animal law though, much of it anti-animal. As noted below, voters in six states were asked to vote on animal-related ballot initiatives. The results are in and voters in Arkansas, South Carolina, and Tennessee approved constitutional rights to hunt and fish. North Dakotans rejected Measure 2, which banned the canned hunting of some animals. Measure proponents say "We were out-spent."

On the plus side, Prop 109, a proposed right-to-hunt amendment in Arizona was rejected by voters. Prop 109 was distinct from other right-to-hunt initiatives, since it also shifted the power over hunting and fishing from an administrative agency to the legislature. This political aspect, and the possibility that the law would limit future initiatives, allowed the opposition to paint it as a power grab. And successfully! A second bright spot is the passage, per USA Today, of Prop B, which regulates puppy mills.

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