Adyar Gopal Parivar
Animal Sacrifice
is not part of Hinduism
Animal Sacrifice is not part of Hinduism
by Mohan Shenoy.
     Animal sacrifice is not part of true
Hinduism. The news report ‘Nepal Hosts
biggest animal bloodbath’ (Newspaper
dated  25-11-2009) is also not a correct
statement. The animal bloodbath that
takes place during the Haj in Saudi Arabia
is the biggest in the world and more than
a million animals are sacrificed there in a
short period of time. Whether in the name
of Islam or Hindu, or any other religion,
the practice of sacrificing animals to
appease gods is not acceptable to the
modern mind.
  Compared to the ghastly manner in
which these sacrificial animals are killed,
the method followed by the slaughter
houses in advanced countries is certainly
more humane. The animals are stunned
and then killed for their meat etc.Only a
governement can put a stop to this kind of
cruelty as shown in the picture
accompanying the report.
It is bewildering to know that this practice
is being followed in the name of
Hinduism. Similar practices are routinely
seen in many places in India albeit not at
the scale mentioned in the report.
  Superstition is the bete noire of wisdom
and only knowledge and wisdom can
erase these minds of superstition.
  Other than the religious objective, the
practice of slaughtering animals in these
fairs may have some other motive. There
may be monetary gain for the authorities
of the religious shrine following the
sacrifice. There may be demand for the
carcasses of these sacrificed animals, the
sale of which fetches a big bundle of
money.
  A big question is about killing animals
for food. Animals all over the world are
killed for food. The people who live on the
coast harvest fish from the seas and
oceans every day for food. Cattle are
reared and fattened in large numbers in
most of the developed countries of the
world for meat. Thousands of goats and
sheep are slaughtered in sacrifice every
day to appease Allah, in Medina, Saudi
Arabia, and then their carcasses are
processed for their meat. Birds such as
the chicken are killed in very large
numbers every day in all countries.
Hundreds of ways to cook chicken, lamb,
mutton, beef, and fish are described in
literature.
Each country has its own manner of
cooking non-vegetarian food, just as they
have for vegetarian food. If this is the
story then where is the need to discuss
the question of killing animals for food? In
India the Jains consider it cruel to hurt
any animal, let alone kill it for food. A
large percentage of Hindus also think on
the same lines and detest killing animals
for food. Especially Braahmins and
Veerashaiva(s) (followers of Lord
Basavanna) do not eat meat, fish, or foul.
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There is no doubt that killing animals for
food is cruel. But those who eat
non-vegetarian food claim that animals are
created for the human beings to eat. They
also claim that if animals are not killed for
food then there will not be enough
vegetarian food for every one. Those
Hindus who eat meat, fish or foul claim that
they do not kill the animals themselves, and
so the term cruel cannot be applied to them.
They are not animal-killers; they are only
animal eaters.
 
 For the parents there is a choice to either
introduce their children to non-vegetarian
food or not. In view of the cruelty aspect it is
advisable to refrain from cooking
non-vegetarian food at home. So long as
the vegetable food is available in plenty in
the market, eating non-vegetarian food
could be avoided. We observe that the
children of vegetarian parents grow up to
be vegetarians. If the parents discourage
their children from eating non-vegetarian
food in the restaurants, in the parties they
attend and in foreign countries they visit,
then the children can maintain their
Vegetarianism all their life.

 Vegetarian food has less fat in them than
in the non-vegetarian food. Fat is supposed
to cause thickening of arteries. Thickened
arteries get blocked with clots easily. The
arteries of the brain might get blocked and
lead to stroke and paralysis. The arteries of
the heart might get blocked and produce
damages to the heart thereby a heart
attack. Heart attack may result in death.
Thickening of the arteries occurs in many
other conditions and not just in
non-vegetarian diet.

 Diabetes is a major cause for thickening of
the arteries. Those Hindus who suffer from
diabetes must refrain from eating fatty food.
Fish and foul have slightly more fat than
what is present in vegetables.

 Beef and pork have a large percentage of
fat in them. Hydrogenated oils like the
Vanaspathi have plenty of harmful fats in
them. Some of the oils have more
poly-unsaturated fats in them. The
poly-unsaturated fats are safer than the
saturated fats such as are found in the
hydrogenated oils.

 Therefore it is but natural that in spite of
being a vegetarian, if a man consumes
more saturated fats then his vegetarian diet
will not prevent the harmful effects of his
diet on his health.

(Reference:  
Minimum Hinduism Practice by
Dr. Mohan Shenoy)
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