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‘Say No to Bloodshed’: Muslim vegan activist observes fast to protest against animal sacrifice festival

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It was 7 years ago when Altab Hossain saw a video on animal abuse in the dairy industry and that changed his perspective. He turned vegan, gave up leather and began campaigning for animal rights.

INDIA.COM: Every year, several animals are beheaded to mark the Islamic Eid Al-Adha… Muslims sacrifice domestic animals (camel, goat, sheep, buffalo, bullock or ram) in remembrance of Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his only son to please Allah. However, upset by the practice, many activists and animal lovers are now protesting the slaughter of animals and urging Muslims to have a Green Eid.

One of them is a 33-year-old Muslim man, Altab Hossain from Kolkata who began a 72-hour-long fast on Tuesday night to protest against animal sacrifice. In a social media post, he explained how he was upset after his family brought home an animal to sacrifice on the occasion of Bakrid… It was 7 years back when he saw a video on animal abuse in the dairy industry and that changed his perspective. He turned vegan, gave up leather and began campaigning for animal rights.

“There is a lot of animal cruelty and no one is protesting against this. I have decided to fast for 72 hours to get people to realise that animal sacrifice is not necessary. When they do so, a lot of cruelty is inflicted on animals,” vegan activist Altab Hossain told India Today. On his Twitter account, he also posted several pictures of Muslims across the world who shared the message of kindness and peace…

“I, too, used to partake in animal sacrifice. But when I saw in a video how cows are hit on the back with a stick, the way they are given injections to produce milk, how calves are separated from cows and sent to the slaughterhouse, I felt I should not do this. It started from the dairy industry and went on to the issue of animal sacrifice. I don’t eat meat, fish, honey or use leather products,” Hossain told India Today.

His family doesn’t support his thought and still believes in animal sacrifice on Eid. Meanwhile, he also receives threats on social media from people who believe sacrifice is an indispensable part of the festival. However, Hossain said he will not give up and continue his silent movement with the hope that it will reach people across the globe. SOURCE…

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