The images in the following program are very sensitive and may be as disturbing to viewers as they were to us. However, we have to show the truth of animal cruelty.
HOST: Welcome, benevolent viewers, to today’s Stop Animal Cruelty program on Supreme Master Television, where we’ll examine the appalling practice of exporting live sheep from Australia to the Middle East for food and use in animal sacrifices at the end of the Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca.
Sheep are social, highly intelligent herbivores that can live up to ２０ years and enjoy feeding on grass and other plants. These authentic grazers have a split upper lip, allowing them to pick the tastiest leaves from plants. The mother-child relationship among sheep is particularly close, affectionate and caring.
In fact, lambs can identify their mother by her bleat.
A famous story from China involves a lamb who touched the heart of a restaurant owner. After witnessing the baby crying and covering up a butcher knife with his body that was to be used on his mother, the man switched to a life-affirming business.
Each year millions of these gentle, innocent, sensitive beings suffer painful separation from their families, gruesome slicing of flesh from their tail areas, rough handling, injuries from shearing and worst of all, slaughter after being shipped overseas.
One event that drives demand for these kind animals is Eid al-Adha [aid el edth-ha] or the 『Festival of Sacrifice,』 an important Muslim holiday during which sheep have their throats brutally cut while fully conscious, and are then cruelly left to bleed to death.
HOST: Saudi Arabia’s highest cleric, Sheikh Abdelaziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh, says of Eid al-Adha, 『The sacrifice of an animal is not an obligation for Muslims, but it is a tradition [a Sunnah].』 The respect for animals in the Muslim holy book the Qur’an is revealed in numerous passages including the following: 『There is not an animal on Earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but forms parts of communities like unto you.』 Qur’an ６:３８
For more information on live sheep export, please visit Save Animals from Exploitation www.Safe.org.nz
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals www.SavetheSheep.com