This article is about animal rights and how horrifying it is to watch an animal be slaughtered. In Cairo there is “an annual Muslim religious holiday when the streets run red with the blood of slaughtered sheep, cows and camels.” Amina Abaza is an animal rights activist who can not stand this holiday. She stated “islam is all about compassion, but we don’t practice it!”
Ms. Abaza has spent the last decade campaigning to stop the slaughtering of animals. Although she does not like to see dead animals and she is not a vegetarian this act is horrible. She explains how the streets were covered with dead animals, kids were playing in the blood and splashing it all over the streets while the older kids helped remove steaming entrails from the carcasses. People stood in line to get fresh cuts of meat.
This holiday is great for the poorer people because the slaughtered meat is supposed to be given to relatives and to the poor. In Egypt the price of meat has gone up and a lot of families can not afford it, so for them they look forward to this holiday. The people harming the animals have to expert training on how to kill them, they just know to lock them up in big full pens and then pretty much gut them at their own will.
The good thing about this article is that Ms. Abaza said, “once we started using the Islamic arguments, they did not attack us as much” when referring to all the protests that she has been involved in. This holiday is horrible because so many innocent animals are being killed all at once instead of when the people really need to eat. I can not relate to how the people in Cairo feel because I do not have to go outside and kill my food before I eat it, I am very Americanized so I can see where the people in both sides of this story are coming from.