Actor, RJ and animal lover, Anoushey Ashraf has shared a very important message about treating animals with kindness this Eid-Ul-Azha.
The WWF ambassador took to her Instagram and addressed an issue that many people don't pay much heed to: taking care of your animals and respecting the sacrifice.
Of course, the flex of buying expensive animals for sacrifice and showing them off is nothing new within our society. But the sharing of gruesome images/videos of your sacrificial animals on social media has also become a bizarre trend; people constantly share insensitive and disturbing content during Bakra Eid.
The actor shared, "Closing in on that time of the year where I always reach out to those on my Instagram urging them to care, respect and love their animal of sacrifice to the absolute fullest. A few things; Please make sure slaughter takes places in the most humane way possible.
Don’t make children run the blade on the animal, please. The qasai (butcher) should be a thorough professional. The knives should be so sharp that the animal shouldn’t feel any pain. Don’t sacrifice one animal in front of the other. It induces severe anxiety in them."
She added, "DO NOT make videos and photos of the process. They’re NOT for a show, this occasion isn’t a show."
Anoushay suggested we try and be a bit more empathetic.
"Try and feel the pain of an innocent life lost. Stop another and teach them the right of animals too if you see their animals in bad shape, underfed, hot, tied to short ropes so they can’t sit/move, etc. Cry when they go, pray for their sacrifice and feel the pain of loss.
Do no exhibit, compare and spend extravagant amounts of money to please Allah. He knows your neeyat (intentions) better than anyone. Be gentle with the animals, be kind.
Clean up thoroughly after it’s done. Stop storing meat for yourselves, give and distribute the best of it first. Reflect on the meaning of sacrifice. Be humble about it... The greatest nations are those that are kind to their animals."
We couldn't agree more. Everyone, take notes!