These people combined compassion and tradition by sparing animals from slaughter and cutting cake instead.
If you’re familiar with live animal exports, you probably know that the Eid al-Adha or Bakr-Eid (Festival of Sacrifice) is one of the darkest moments of the year for animals. But this year, despite the tragic vision documented by our investigators at this festival, one story brought a smile to our faces and reminded us of something very important:
The Muslim community in Lucknow, India sacrificed a cake with a goat drawn on it in an attempt to spread the message that the festival can be celebrated without killing animals.
People across the globe celebrate Eid al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice) by slaughtering goats, sheep and other animals. But Raees Khan, one of the leaders of the ‘blood-free Eid’ ceremony said “Bakr-Eid can be celebrated also by cutting a cake just like people celebrate birth anniversaries." Another leader, Hasan Kauser, added that the Bakr-Eid festival is about humanity and there is no humanity in needlessly sacrificing an animal.
Members of the community also opted to leave animals off their plate at home and feasted on delicious meat-free foods like dahi vada (lentil dumplings) and sewaiyan (a vermicelli noodle dish).
Whilst in many places around the world the streets ran red with the blood of slaughtered animals, this community of compassionate individuals chose to celebrate with kindness, proving that there is hope for animals anywhere and everywhere.
Sadly, the increased suffering of animals is not unique to Eid al-Adha. In fact, many of the biggest times of celebration worldwide go hand in hand with increased suffering for animals. Whilst Christmas is a time of joy for many people, it is nothing to celebrate for the millions of pigs, turkeys, fish and other animals who will be killed and eaten as part of the festivities.
But times of celebration need not be times of suffering for animals — the kind souls behind the goat cake have proven that. And in fact, like this community in India, many Australians are already incorporating kindness into their festive celebrations. Last year, millions of Aussies enjoyed a delicious animal-friendly Christmas feast. Among them were countless Animals Australia supporters who joined us in celebrating a Kinder Christmas for the very first time, pledging to put meat-free dishes on the Christmas table.
How you choose to celebrate, and how you choose to eat every single day, is always up to you. Though this Indian Islamic community received criticism for going against tradition and choosing not to slaughter an animal, in the end it was more important to them to celebrate in a way that was true to their values. If you too value kindness and compassion, you’re not alone. A growing movement of people in Australia and worldwide are choosing to reduce or replace meat in favour of healthy plant-based foods. In fact, 1 in 4 Australians are eating less meat or are completely meat-free. Find out more about creating kinder traditions and enjoying meat-free meals today.
The world is changing … for the better