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 do the laws and courts say?

Many states, including Gujarat, Kerala, Puducherry, and Rajasthan, already have laws in place which prohibit religious sacrifice of any animal in any temple or its precincts. The states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana also prohibit animal sacrifice in any place of public religious worship or adoration or its precinct or in any congregation or procession connected with religious worship in a public street.

The Supreme Court of India directed in a 10 April 2017 order that animals could be killed only in an area set up in accordance with the law and that the municipal authority would be required to ensure compliance. The Supreme Court through a 17 February 2017 order directed that killing animals without following the Government of Indias compendium of acts and rules on animal transport and slaughter is a punishable offence.

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.

If you witness any cruel or illegal sacrifices of animals, please report them to the police helpline number or to the nearest police station or call your local Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) or the nearest animal welfare group for help.

What can be done about illegal sacrifice?

If a law is being violated, get a First Information Report registered by the police. (They’re legally required to take your complaint.) You can also complain to the SPCA, the district superintendent of police, the district collector, the state animal welfare board, the Animal Welfare Board of India, or the municipal commissioner of the area in which the sacrifice took place.

Here are more actions to consider.

  • If possible, take pictures and videos of the illegal sacrifice that you are witnessing.
  • Submit the photographic and video evidence along with your complaint to police and other authorities.
  • Appeal to the central government to delete Section 28, a provision that permits animal sacrifice, from the PCA Act, 1960.