Pamela to PM: No leather, please! – Media Reports

ISThe Indian leather and meat production industry is a horror story that few Indians want to know about. So a beautiful foreign lady has come to remind us that the slaughter house business is not exactly what we should be engaged in. Where Western meat-eaters use humane killing systems — sort of — to satisfy their appetite for flesh and blood, we ‘vegetarian’ Indians employ children with razor blades to bleed animals to death to create halal products that can be exported to the Gulf States. The great irony is that many of these businesses are owned by religious Hindus and, yes, even Jains! — IS

Pamela AndersonMumbai: Hollywood star Pamela Anderson, who will enter a TV reality show this week, today shot a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging to reject all leather products.

Pamela in a letter to Singh said, “I am calling on people in India and throughout the world to join me in rejecting all leather products in order to help put an end to animal suffering. I am asking every individual never to buy leather shoes, bags, jackets, belts or anything else made of animal skin.”

Pamela is an active member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has taken up several causes for protecting animal rights.

“Illegal slaughterhouses operate with impunity throughout the country and municipal slaughterhouses have failed to follow the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

The government has also failed to set up any effective scheme whatsoever to address this crisis,” the Baywatch star said.

India’s laws prohibit animals from being crammed onto vehicles in high numbers, ban handlers from smearing chili seeds into cows eyes and breaking their tails, hacking animals into pieces while still conscious, yet all this continues to go on, she said. – Deccan Chronicle, Chennai, Nov. 16, 2010

The PETA INDIA report

That’s why Anderson has fired off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking the government to help cattle who are used in the leather industry.

Anderson took a graphic and unflinching look at India’s gruesome leather trade in a hard-hitting PETA US video. In her letter to the Prime Minister, Anderson points out that despite PETA’s offers of tangible help to the government and Indian leather industry, conditions for animals used in India’s leather trade still remain horrendous.

Cattle are tied together with ropes through their noses and beaten mercilessly in forced “death marches” over hundreds of kilometres. During the marches, cattle collapse from hunger, exhaustion, injury and despair. Handlers force the cattle to continue by breaking the animals’ tails at each joint (the human equivalent of having a finger broken) and by rubbing tobacco, chilli peppers and salt into the animals’ eyes. The cattle are never offered food or even a drop of water. – Peta India

For all PETA INDIA videos go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=+peta+india&aq=f

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  1. Muslim and A Vegetarian ? How can it be? ” This is the only question I face every time I eat out with a new person. I am a practicing Muslim and a Pure Vegetarian. Everyone has a general conception that all muslims are Meat lovers. Its true. The society that I live in doesn’t have the word ‘Vegetarian’ in their dictionary. A meal without meat or chicken in any ceremony would be nothing but low quality and cheap. A society which considers it holy to consume meat. A society where a child is a meat eater every single day of the week. He/she would go hungry on a day when vegetables would have been cooked. And I was no different. I grew up in this society.

    I can say that I have consumed meat like no one else. I went hungry on days my mother cooked vegetables and expressed extreme anger on her for doing so. I used to coax her for not taking care of me. Then I used to rush to a near by restaurant to grab minced meat and bread. It was my favorite. I still smell the same Arabian/Mughalai Minced meat when I pass by that restaurant. I consumed meat for the first 16 years of my life and then I quit.

    People taunted me with various fallacies, primarily one which I still get from others : “You’re not even a muslim if you don’t eat meat once in 40 days.”. That hurt sometime, but I ignored. At some point it made me feel that I was committing a sin. I only knew that I may be different and may not be right, but I wasn’t wrong and not a sinner. I am a strong believer of God, the one and only one God. This fact is enough for me to still call myself a Muslim.

    I had no reasons to quit meat eating, but something happened when there was a Goat sacrifice in our house on the day of Eid-uz-Zoha. Hours after the Goat was sacrificed, I saw the raw meat on the plate still shivering. As if it still had life in it. Islamic way of sacrifice is no doubt the most scientific method of killing with minimal pain, but I just couldn’t tolerate the view of the pieces of meat shivering in front of my eyes. Some more hours passed by, the meat was cooked -A fantastic dish was served. I just couldn’t consume it. I didn’t see any physical movement on the cooked meat but could feel the shivering. I just couldn’t consume that meat.

    It is said that before any sacrifice, the animal comes to know that its going to be sacrificed. It has already given up the hope. The animal stops eating from the night before. I have seen in the animal’s eyes. Its deep. Its dark. Its scared. When the time comes there is a ceremony in which the animal should drink a few gulps of water just before the knife is rubbed against the skin. This is the most difficult part. The animal refuses to drink the last drink. Just to extend its life for a few more minutes. And when the animal is forced to drink, just when the water reaches its throat, the slaughter begins with prayers. I shall not go into the details of the processes involved in slaughtering. But its all these hurt me more than anything else in the world. The sight is too frightful for me.

    Most Islamic clergymen would outcast me or have a Fatwa on me if I said that every time I see a dead animal, I recite the prayers which muslims recite when they come across death of any human. Such is my faith.

    At this point, I must confess that I am a food lover; I live to eat rather than eat to live; During my days of Vegetarianism since the age of 16, the most supportive people are my parents, Specially my mother. I take the opportunity to publicly thank her for all the trouble she has taken to cook separately for me Pure Vegetarian food. I may not trust a veg restaurant, but I would trust her that no matter what, she would cook vegetarian food for me where even a single spoon of Oil wouldn’t be shared between their non-veg cooking and my veg cooking.

    I am mostly cut from my cultural foodie events. I do not go because the food is non-veg, and no one is that caring enough (except family) to prepare veg food for me. I don’t expect them to understand either.

    Once in a blue moon, my parents would casually say to me “Why don’t you start eating for a change?”. I just chuckle.
    I don’t force anyone to be a vegetarian though I advocate it. I never win and neither they lose. They respect my vegetarianism because I am not doing anything against the religion or against Islam. Just like any other ‘ideal’ muslim, I pray daily prayers,I don’t indulge in Usury or Interest on money,I offer charity, I don’t gamble, drink, smoke and most importantly,I believe that there is no god, but God. These are the basic pillars of Islam and I don’t think I am breaking them.

    Its time when people should know the fact that in the Holy Quran, it is mentioned that one may eat permissible non-vegetarian food, for God has created animals for human consumption but it is not compulsory. It is also mentioned that Animals such as Pig and Pork meat is strictly prohibited (It has a scientific reason). A muslim can be a good practicing muslim by being a Vegetarian.

    Hussain Fakhruddin

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