Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Ritual Slaughter of Animals - African Style

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In light of the recent issue surrounding abortion and pro-life, I decided to make my point clearer. If you are a pro-life type, and state that religion has nothing to do with it, then you should be treating all life as being sacrosanct. But you don't, you only defend human foetal life (and the use of the word "life" is moot) ... and I might add quite graphically too, knowing full well that we are repulsed by the sight of suffering of anything resembling our likeness. This, to me, is hypocrisy. If you want to be pro-life, that is your right, then defend all life otherwise stop being mealy mouthed, and state categorically that your fight is in the name of God.

For anybody that believes that animals aren't the issue, like you Mr Meat Eating Pro-Lifer, the ensuing video is embedded to show you what a barbaric African Ritual Slaughter is like.

WARNING: HIGHLY GRAPHIC


9 Opinion(s):

Vince R said...

Sickening

Black Coffee said...

When I watch this I cringe. But then when one thinks about it is it different from what white "Westerners" do in slaughterhouses? I think essentially it is not except for fact that "Westerners" consider it anathema to do this out in open, that's why they do it in slaughterhouses. I remember that in central Johannesburg one can see men dragging freshly cut carcasses of cows into the various butcher shops - anyone who walks on Bree or Jeppe Street in Jozi during the day probably knows what I am talking about. I remember that was something different - one just does not see that in Western cities or in "Westernized" suburbs in South Africa like Sandton. What I am trying to say is what we - in various cultures, "Western" as opposed to African in this case do is actually very similar, it is just the way we do it that is different. We go to a grocery store and pick up a pack of meat - without bothering to think that in order for that meat to get there a cow, pig, chicken - what have you had to be killed. Africans, in the rural areas especially, but also in townships on other hand actually slaughter the animal they are about to eat, and sometimes it is not a pretty sight, as one can see here. But to condemn the Africans as "savages" because of this is a little hypocritical if you think about it unless you are one of those few "Westerners" who forgoes all meat and is a total vegetarian.

Vanilla Ice said...

@BC. I hear you. The point of the article wasn't to condemn, but rather to draw attention to the hypocrisy of the pro-life argument. Some individuals, particularly the US militant mid-west types, feel compelled to take up arms to prevent abortion, yet remain silent on the suffering or loss of life of other beings (yet insist that religion has nothing to do with it). You cannot equate the life (moot) of a foetus to that of an adult human or animal, and you cannot justify defending one without considering the other. The suffering experienced in the video is unnecessary and excessive, and yet we allow it in the name of culture or religion (Kosher, Halaal and Ritual slaughters). Frankly, this type of slaughter is backward and barbaric, and may well apply to other religions and cultures too.

Vince R said...

It is vastly different BC. In SA there are proper abbattoirs where livestock are slaughtered humanely according to high international standards. I have seen a chicken line for example and yes it is messy, but it is humane involving stun/ shock first off. The huge difference we see in this youtube insert of course is that locals want to do it for parties and celebrations ala traditional method. IE hack off the head in the backyard! That is why the SPCA will be overseeing the slaughter of 25 cows for Zuma's happiness celebration party, because he insists on doing the slaughter the traditional way, instead of just ordering 25 carcases from the abbattoir, like the rest of the civilised world would do.

VI, I think you made an inadvertant point here!

Black Coffee said...

I work together with a person who is pro-life or anti-abortion. While I do not agree with their position, their argument is that abortion is killing a viable human being or in the case of a fetus who is three months or less - a human being in formation. These same people probably believe that people have a right to kill animals for food but not the right to kill fetuses.

Joe King said...

Lest we forget department " January 2007 - A bullock and two sheep were slaughtered yesterday as scores of Tony Yengeni's friends, relatives and comrades gathered at his parents' home in Gugulethu (Cape Town) to welcome him home after his release from prison this week.

After the slaughter, conducted by a group of young men after Yengeni had first stabbed it with his family's traditional spear, a bucket of umqombothi - traditional beer - was passed around.

The bucket of umqombothi and a dish of the braaied meat were placed on the lawn, which was used as a kraal for family members, with Yengeni taking the first bite and sip." And then he drove off into the sunset in his ill-gotten Mercedes.

Vanilla Ice said...

@BC. Indeed, and therein lies the hypocrisy.

Islandshark said...

Common sense would dictate that if it is absolutely necessary to slaughter an animal this way, you at least use proper tools to not prolong the suffering of the animal.

Unfortunately, there is no known medication to cure lack of common sense.

thewordwright said...

I am NOT impressed! Trying to either find a petition or to get one going. This is SICK!