Christmas! The season of goodwill to each others. The season where we turn more villains to animals.
Christmas is a special time of the year for many people around the world. Families get together to share food, gifts and happy times. It is supposed to be the festival of peace and yet it kind of turned into a living hell for many animals.
Thousands of turkeys (7abshit el 3id) killed in the run-up to Christmas alone. Most turkeys spent their short lives in crowded industrial sheds and were never allowed to go outside. Between the ages of just eight weeks and 26 weeks, turkeys are sent to the slaughterhouse. They are hung upside down by their legs and have their throats slit. You won’t see that on the supermarkets’ Christmas ads.
The production of turkey and chicken meat is horrible and does not really fit in with the peaceful idea of Christmas.
Desserts are often made from eggs, milk, or butter. Many people don’t consider eggs and dairy products to be harmful to animals, but there is actually more suffering in these industries. Cows used in the dairy industry have been so relentlessly manipulated for maximum milk production that their udders become infected. Moreover, these cows are still impregnated and their babies are taken away at birth so humans can steal their milk and the male calves are usually sold and killed for veal production.
From the factory farm to the slaughterhouse, to the shop, to the dinner table, to the bin – Once everyone has stuffed themselves with so much food that they feel sick, the leftovers are scraped into the bin. If killing animals to eat them is dreadful, then killing animals to not eat them is surely even worse. The lives, and deaths, of these animals shame humanity.
This is one of those times of the year that parents misguidedly buy their children small animals from pet stores. They should be ready for the responsibility and should educate themselves about these pets; Too many dogs and cats end up getting dumped at shelters or in the streets where they will not survive. If you do end up getting an animal, please adopt, don’t shop.
Peace on earth
“Goodwill to Men” Christmas is a time of year when we celebrate the gift of life, of our sense of oneness and mutual respect. So what would it do to your celebration if you knew that gathered round the tree and the table were the artifacts of intense and needless suffering and cruelty? You would avoid this if at all possible, wouldn’t you? You would not turn a blind eye.
The compassion of this religious festival have been lost. I am reminded of a quote from William Ralph Inge. (Author of Christian Mysticism)
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
Luckily, ethical options are becoming much more popular at Christmas time and that’s good on all fronts. From animal welfare and healthy eating to environmental impact.
There are always plenty of cruelty-free alternatives to buy in Lebanon that do not support a cruel industry (Vegan Food, clothes, shoes and cosmetics that are not tested on animals.)
Check this Lebanese online directory for Vegan products (brands, food, restaurants, shops and others)
So as the countdown begins, we should all take a moment to think about the countless animals who will suffer and die for our celebrations and how each of us can make simple changes to ensure a Christmas without cruelty.