Thousands injured in barbaric Muslim rite
A few days back Turkey warned of the dangers of amateurs slaughtering animals to mark the Eid al-Adha celebrations. Judging from the headline above – ‘4078 injured’ – it clearly fell on deaf ears.
The injuries mainly involved cut fingers, or being gored by angry bulls.
But, according to this report, there was only one fatal Eid-related incident. 62-year-old Habip Bostan died in Kayseri province October 4, after suffering a heart attack while slaughtering an animal.
The bull pictured above in the eastern province of Sivas was caught soon after it managed to escape. Police – along with its owners – helped catch the terrified animal, after which municipality officials shot it with tranquilliser darts.
Several social media users reacted angrily to photos showing the animal being dragged upside down behind a tractor for one kilometer.
In Istanbul parts of the Bosphorus flowed red on yesterday with animal blood from slaughters. Despite official warnings, many Muslims on Istanbul’s Asian side opted to slaughter their animals themselves, allowing the blood to freely flow into the city’s sewers.
Some 20 activists from the Independent Nature and Animal Association’s “Veganism is Freedom” group staged a protest Istanbul yesterday.
One animal rights spokesman said:
The Feast of Sacrifice happened to be on World Animal Day this year. These massacres are not in accordance with our religion.
Hat tip: Paul Cook.