This petition is calling for the association, mosques to stop mass slaughtering of animals, especially not in front of children, by the unpracticed hand of donors, or open for public view. If it’s considered cruelty in Singapore to kill an animal, then it should be the same for religion sacrifice. It shouldn’t be a double standard.
Over 3200 sheep will be sacrifice during Hari Raya Haji festival in Singapore different Mosques. (Which is on Sept 24th) Lasting 4 days, Hari Raya Haji commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) complete faith and trust in God.
This is recounted in the story of God commanding Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael), a commandment that Ibrahim responded to with obedience. God stopped him, and provided him with a sheep to substitute as a sacrifice, instead of his son.
But the most important ritual observed here is that of ‘korban’ (sacrifice). Worshippers contribute live sheep, lambs(Or goats and cows) which are slaughtered by a quick slit to the jugular as prayers are recited.
This act reminds worshippers of the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to offer up even his own flesh and blood to God. The animal is then cleaned and the meat carved up and distributed.
Which is all done in good faith. It’s a festival for Muslims to share and help the poor and needy by sharing the meats.
But the act of slaughtering the animals in the Mosques in view of children, and letting donors (whom bought the sheep to donate to their respective Mosques) slit the throats of the sheep (who might be inexperienced and thus needed a few times to do it right) is cruelty in itself. Moreover, it takes a couple minutes for the animal to die.
Not to mention, sheep are flown in from other countries (live export – this year A total of 3,700 animals, consisting of 2,000 sheep from Australia and 1,700 lambs from Ireland, are available for korban at 25 mosques.).
Last year, 174 sheep died enroute a SIA cargo plane to Singapore.
The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) explained that the sheep died of heat stress due to a faulty air-conditioning unit on the SIA cargo plane used to transport them.
The slaughtering are done naturally the Halal way. Meaning no stunning, facing the direction of Mecca, animals are held down by practitioners side by side. The terror of the animals is palpable, as they inevitably witness as well as sense the mass slaughter taking place.