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26 May 2010 Issue

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Animal Charity call for action against World Cup slaughter
please help us protest


Editor’s Note: Although irrelevant to this particular situation, but wholly essential to the topic of “religious slaughter” in general for food or otherwise, in response to requests to stun animals prior to such, TPC observes an unwavering philosophy that maintains that ALL slaughter is inherently INhumane: stunning procedures only serve to benefit human animals who feel this practice renders animals unconscious, and therefore their killing is acceptable and “humane”, an utterly false and speciesist belief. Furthermore, with respect to rapid mass “animal production” whereas millions of animals are murdered daily, stunning protocols cannot be guaranteed, and as undercover footage and employee experiences have solidly established, many animals are boiled, eviscerated, skinned, and dismembered while conscious due to ineffective stunning. The ONLY humane observance is veganism. ~SR

Please protest the proposed plan to murder animals in the soccer stadiums prior to the World Cup games. Feel free to use the SAMPLE LETTER (at the end of this entry), modified, or your own; please note there are two versions, one targeting the FIFA World Cup organizers, and one targeting key UK officials involved. Thank you.

May 24, 2010
Simulposted with Scotland for Animals

Charity Scotland for Animals are urging action against plans by South Africa to sacrifice live animals before fixtures in the coming World Cup.

The Makhonya Royal Trust, a body which promotes and co-ordinates African Cultural events in the Country lobbied Authorities to go ahead with the sacrificial slaughter of cows at all stadiums where games are to take place. The South African Government has agreed and confirmed that this is to go ahead.

Zolani Mkiva, Makhonya Royal Trust Chairman was quoted as saying “We must have a cultural ceremony of some sort, where we are going to slaughter a beast” “We sacrifice the cow for this great achievement and we call on our ancestors to bless, to grace, to ensure that all goes well, it’s all about calling for the divinity to prevail for a fantastic atmosphere.” This he claims is to ensure the event is blessed in “true African style”.

Scotland for Animals spokesman John Patrick stated “We contacted the previous Ministers responsible for culture/ sport and foreign affairs Ben Bradshaw and David Milliband however they claimed they wouldn’t intervene as it was “purely a matter for the South African authorities” and “Government shouldn’t get involved in sport”. This is rich from a Government which had a Minister for Sport and regularly lobbied and negotiated on behalf of UK sporting bodies and organisations. They just didn’t want to intervene.”

“We are now appealing to Jeremy Hunt, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and to Foreign Secretary William Hague to contact the South African authorities and urge them to take action to prevent any slaughter from going ahead”.

He added “As the Scotland football team have unfortunately managed to double book themselves again for the third World Cup running we also ask the England players to make their views known on the matter and speak out against any acts of animal sacrifice should this go ahead. We also appeal to players who will be there representing other nations who play for Scottish clubs to voice their objections.”

“This is going to be a stain on football, sport in general and pure common decency. There’s no place for the torture of animals in an event like the World Cup or anywhere else.”

WHERE TO SEND YOUR LETTER OF PROTEST (this form fits all characters of sample letter, you will receive a confirmation): http://www.sa2010.gov.za/contact

SAMPLE LETTER: To Whom It Concerns,

I am writing today to share my disturbance regarding the proposed ritual animal killings to occur in the soccer stadiums preceding the 2010 World Cup. I have learned that this event is characterized by the methodical torture and slaughter of an animal in a demonstration of ritualistic “blessing”, a ceremony celebrating traditional religious customs. During this event, an animal is systematically brutalized while he is fully conscious, subjecting him to what can only be considered excruciating pain and prolonged suffering: death typically does not occur for a period of time following this savagery. With utmost respect, I plea with you to cease this animal cruelty.

This event is considered a cultural tradition, a celebration of heritage and a demonstration of procedural worship. While I would never embrace such an egotistical belief that my opinions take precedent over established and sacred customs, any “tradition”, however, that is built upon a foundation of extreme animal cruelty, exploitation, and suffering, and which inflicts pain and fear on innocent, sentient non-human animals, is neither justified, nor an expression of historical or religious pride. There can be no honor amongst those who condemn animals to such depraved actions substantiating my disturbance that such animal cruelty is perpetuated by the inaccurate conviction that this ritual confirms a blessed tradition.

I understand you are extending approval based on the Constitution, Section 31, which provides freedom of religious beliefs; however, religious tolerance ends when innocent beings are targeted for harm and death. Just as one human animal cannot legally or morally harm another human animal based on freedom of religious expression, neither can a group expect immunity during rituals that clearly violate the Animal Welfare Act and any international standards concerning the practice of such. Furthermore, it is my understanding that communities that maintain the highest violent occurrences in the country, extremely disturbing statistics to embrace, are those that accept brutality against non-human animals, reinforcing the fact that tangible violence only breeds more violence: when animal cruelty is received with cultural tolerance, both violence and acceptance escalates, the result of which is societal impunity towards all suffering, human animal and non-human animal.

As such, I, along with a global contingent of concerned citizens, implore upon you to act swiftly and responsibly by enacting an immediate moratorium on this ritual, and, until such a time, I feel my only recourse is to promote a boycott of your country with respect to both tourism and products. Please provide your obligatory duty and responsibility by protecting animals, not condoning their torture; your ethical gesture of compassion would serve as an international model of empathy.

Thank you for your attention and consideration to this urgent issue.

NAME COUNTRY

SECOND MAILING, WHERE TO SEND YOUR PROTEST LETTER (you will receive a confirmation and an out-of-office reply): enquiries@culture.gov.uk  pressoffice@culture.gsi.gov.uk 

To Whom It Concerns:

I am writing today to share my disturbance regarding the proposed ritual animal killings to occur in the soccer stadiums preceding the 2010 World Cup. I have learned that this event is characterized by the methodical torture and slaughter of an animal in a demonstration of ritualistic “blessing”, a ceremony celebrating traditional religious customs. During this event, an animal is systematically brutalized while he is fully conscious, subjecting him to what can only be considered excruciating pain and prolonged suffering: death typically does not occur for a period of time following this savagery. With utmost respect, I plea with you to exert your influence to cease this animal cruelty.

This event is considered a cultural tradition, a celebration of heritage and a demonstration of procedural worship. While I would never embrace such an egotistical belief that my opinions take precedent over established and sacred customs, any “tradition”, however, that is built upon a foundation of extreme animal cruelty, exploitation, and suffering, and which inflicts pain and fear on innocent, sentient non-human animals, is neither justified, nor an expression of historical or religious pride. There can be no honor amongst those who condemn animals to such depraved actions substantiating my disturbance that such animal cruelty is perpetuated by the inaccurate conviction that this ritual confirms a blessed tradition.

I understand that approval is based on the Constitution, Section 31, which provides freedom of religious beliefs; however, religious tolerance ends when innocent beings are targeted for harm and death. Just as one human animal cannot legally or morally harm another human animal based on freedom of religious expression, neither can a group expect immunity during rituals that clearly violate the Animal Welfare Act and any international standards concerning the practice of such. Furthermore, it is my understanding that communities that maintain the highest violent occurrences in the country, extremely disturbing statistics to embrace, are those that accept brutality against non-human animals, reinforcing the fact that tangible violence only breeds more violence: when animal cruelty is received with cultural tolerance, both violence and acceptance escalates, the result of which is societal impunity towards all suffering, human animal and non-human animal.

As such, I, along with a global contingent of concerned citizens, implore upon you to act swiftly and responsibly by encouraging an immediate moratorium on this ritual, and, until such a time, I feel my only recourse is to promote a boycott of this event with respect to both tourism and products. Please provide your obligatory duty and responsibility by protecting animals, not condoning their torture; your ethical gesture of compassion would serve as an international model of empathy.

Thank you for your attention and consideration to this urgent issue.

Stacey Rakic USA

RAGE, the anarcho-vegan collective behind this blog, is Radicals against Greed and Exploitation….

RAGE will never surrender, and as our recent communiqué to our 200,000 strong network of allies reads, “We will not be intimidated!”

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