Here’s What You Can Do About Animal Sacrifice

What’s wrong with animal sacrifice?

All religions call for compassion, no religion requires killing or eating animals, and hacking animals to death with weapons is just plain cruel.

Animal sacrifice is also bad for everyone: It normalizes killing and desensitizes children to violence against animals.

What’s more, the way executioners handle, transport and kill animals for sacrifices typically violates animal transport and slaughter laws, making it a punishable offense.

What do the laws and courts say?

Read these letters issued in 2017 and 2019 by the Animal Welfare Board of India which operates under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to the police and various other authorities to find out.

What can be done instead of animal sacrifice?

 Celebrate religious holidays in nonviolent, compassionate ways. You can distribute vegan food to the poor, send clothes or toys to an orphanage, volunteer at an animal shelter, or put out bowls of clean water for the homeless animals in your community.

What can be done to stop animal sacrifice?

If you hear about an animal sacrifice being planned, talk to those who are responsible about how cruel animal sacrifice is and what the strict legal requirements are. Try to persuade them to celebrate the occasion in animal-friendly ways.

What can be done about illegal sacrifice?

If a law is being broken, file a First Information Report (FIR) with the police (they’re legally required to take your FIR). You can also complain to the Animal Welfare Board of India, and the Chief Minister of the state and the municipal commissioner of the city in which the sacrifice took place.

Here are more actions to consider.