Cruelty to Animals
Non Veg. Food
Ignorance Causes Conﬂict
What do we mean by Cruelty to Animals?
Deliberate pain mental or physical.
Stray animals; Animal with uncaring owners
Animals slaughtered for food or otherwise, that
causes both physical and mental agony
How can we Stop the Cruelty?
Prevent stray animals: Dogs and Cattle;
Find kind n loving Homes for stray animals
Examine the possibilities of humane
slaughtering of cattle and methods to sleep
animals that are suffering with no cure
A good understanding of the requirements in
different Cultures and Religions regarding
Animal slaughter will help in their practices with
Tolerance, if it is Truly Divinely Inspired, while
We are in a Global Village.
We need to Understand each other
To be Friends and Neighbors.
Today scientists have discovered that Halal/Koshi
Meats eaten for over thousand years is the most
fresh meats. The secret is on the method of
slaughtering animal for food..
Some interesting details and facts is taken from
“An up-to-date assessment of the muslim method
Presented by Dr. Abdul Majid Katme, (Chairman
of the Islamic Medical Association in the UK) at
the UFAW Symposium on Humane Slaughter and
Euthanasia, held at the Zoological Society of
London, in September, 1986.
*Here is a quote from Lord Horder GCVO, MD,
FRCP, who explained this type of slaughtering
scientiﬁcally (and without the use of stunning):
'The animal loses consciousness immediately. It is
difﬁcult to conceive a more painless and rapid
mode of death; for a few seconds after the cut is
made, the animal makes no movement its body is
then convulsed, the convulsive movements
continue for about a minute and then cease. The
interpretation of this fact is clear: the cut is made
by a knife so sharp and so skillfully handled that a
state of syncope with its associated
unconsciousness follows instantaneously upon the
severing of the blood pressure. '
The movement of the animal which begins at about
90 seconds are epileptiform in nature and are due to
the blood-less state of the brain (cerebral ischemia
with complete anoxaemia). Sensation has been
abolished at the moment of the initial syncope.
Of course, there have been many statements by
eminent scientists giving the same and
conclusions about the direct act of slaughtering
such as DR Leonard Hill (1923), Sir Lovatt Evans,
Professor Harold Burrow, I M Levingen (1979),
Professor F R Bell. Mr. Openshaw, Mr. Hayhurst
etc. (Some are quoted, in Impact Magazine 1985).
Quote Prof. Leonard Hill, F.R.C.V.S, who
strongly believed and expressed his views in his
article – that the incision applied in the Ritual
Slaughter causes no pain. Surgeons today know
that sudden big injuries are not felt at the time of
inﬂiction. Pain comes later when the wound is
(septic, and) inﬂamed. Structures beneath the skin
apart from isolated sensory nerve endings are
insensitive to the knife.
Prof. Charles Lovett Evans, F.R.C.V.S., has this to
say:-" As anyone who has ever witnessed the act is
well aware, the animal lies absolutely still the
moment the vessels arc cut,?and it is only a minute
or so later that asphyxia! convulsions set in.
Consciousness we know is lost long before this "
………" To consider that the animal suffers pain
is, in my opinion, quite absurd.?I?consider the
method to be equal to any ".
Prof. Leonard Hill says that no death could be more
merciful, taking into account that the animal unlike
man, has no knowledge or fear of impending death.
The death is as quiet and merciful as that inﬂicted on
murderers by hanging; to them, of course, the whole
of this agony is in the advancing fear of death which
is dated and timed and known to the victim.
1.Animal must be healthy.
2.It must not know it is to be slaughtered and
must be with a very, very sharp knife (which
should be kept like a surgeon's knife in sharpness
and cleanliness, a Deep swift cut?done
instantaneously and quickly to the blood vessels of
the neck (the two caroid arteries which carry blood
to the brain and head, the two jugular veins which
bring blood from the brain back to the heart), the
trachea (windpipe) and the oesophagus (gullet),
but the central nervous system (the spinal cord)
should be kept safe and intact (not cut). This deep,
large cut through all the blood vessels of the neck
causes acute blood loss and haemorrhagic shock:
we know the blood is under great pressure ,
especially in the big carotid arteries (systolic
pressure ) and at high speed and, according to
physical law, the pressure always goes from the
high to low resistance - the point of the cut is the
scene of low resistance for blood to and from the
As we have a fully intact, alive heart, so most of
the blood is going to be pumped and poured out
instantaneously and quickly under pressure
leading to a rapid fall in the blood pressure. Thus
depriving the brain of its main source of oxygen
and glucose, and with no blood which is
necessary to keep the animal alive and
functioning and able to deal with any perceptive
sensation this leads to anoxia and almost
immediate loss of consciousness (anesthetization
or “stunning” ).
The cerebrospinal ﬂuid pressure falls even more
rapidly than the blood pressure because of the
jugular veins being cut, and this results in a deep
shock and more loss of consciousness.
The animal, at this stage after the cut, is in a stable
and quiet state with no movement or any distressed
behavior. One would assume, if there was any pain
or suffering, it would kick, move or show signs.
After this short resting phase, and because the brain
is deprived of oxygen and blood due to the huge
amount of bleeding, the heartbeats increase in order
to increase the ﬂow of blood to the brain and other
Tonic and clonic involuntary contractions and
convulsions start and occur as automatic
physiological reﬂexes in order to send and push
blood up, especially to the brain. These contractions
and convulsions are 'painless' (not, as the layman
would imagine, that the kicking is due to the pain)
especially when the animal is already unconscious
and still has an intact spinal cord with safe nerve
centers to the limbs, muscles and organs.
So, we have a huge amount of bleeding from the
initial cut then blood loss is continuing with the
squeezing pressure of these contractions and
convulsions, leading to maximum bleeding-out and
less retention of blood in the carcass, giving a better
quality of meat?[both safer and healthier]
OTHER METHODS OF SLAUGHTER by
stunning etc is found not to be as humane. The
animal though unconscious feels pain, and does
not die immediately. Further all the blood does
not ﬂow out,
EATING NON-VEGETARIAN FOOD (courtesy
Dr. Zakir Naik)
'Vegetarianism' is now a movement the world over.
Many even associate it with animal rights. Indeed, a
large number of people consider the consumption of
meat and other non-vegetarian products to be a
violation of animal rights.
Islam enjoins mercy and compassion for all living
creatures. At the same time Islam maintains that
Allah has created the earth and its wondrous ﬂora
and fauna for the beneﬁt of mankind. It is upto
mankind to use every resource in this world
judiciously, as a niyamat (Divine blessing) and
amanat (trust) from Allah.
Let us look at various other aspects of this argument.
1. A Muslim can be a pure vegetarian
A Muslim can be a very good Muslim despite being a
pure vegetarian. It is not compulsory to have non-
2. Qur'an permits Muslims to have non-veg food
The Qur'an, however permits a Muslim to have non-
"O ye who believe! Fulﬁl (all) obligations. Lawful
unto you (for food) are all four-footed animals with the
exceptions named."[Al-Qur'an 5:1]
“And cattle He has created for you (men): from them Ye
derive warmth, and numerous beneﬁts, And of their
(meat) ye eat."[Al-Qur'an 16:5]
"And in cattle (too) ye have an instructive example:
From within their bodies We produce (milk) for you to
drink; there are, in them, (besides), numerous (other)
beneﬁts for you; and of their (meat) ye eat."[Al-Qur'an
3. Meat is nutritious and rich in complete protein
Non-vegetarian food is a good source of excellent
protein. It contains biologically complete protein i.e.
all the 8 essential amino acid that are not synthesized by
the body and should be supplied in the diet. Meat also
contains iron, vitamin B1 and niacin.
4. Humans have Omnivorous teeth
If you observe the teeth of herbivorous animals like
the cow, goat and sheep, you will ﬁnd something
strikingly similar in all of them. All these animals
have a set of ﬂat teeth i.e. suited for herbivorous diet.
If you observe the set of teeth of the carnivorous
animals like the lion, tiger, or leopard, they all have a
set of pointed teeth i.e. suited for a carnivorous diet. If
you analyze the set of teeth of humans, you ﬁnd that
they have ﬂat teeth as well as pointed teeth. Thus they
have teeth suited for both herbivorous as well as
carnivorous food i.e. they are omnivorous. One may
ask, if Almighty God wanted humans to have only
vegetables, why did He provide us also with pointed
teeth? It is logical that He expected us to need and to
have both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food.
5. Human beings can digest both vegetarian and
The digestive system of herbivorous animals can
digest only vegetables. The digestive system of
carnivorous animals can digest only meat.
But the digestive system of humans can digest both
vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. If Almighty God
wanted us to have only vegetables then why did He
give us a digestive system that can digest both
vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food?
6. Even plants have life
Certain religions have adopted pure vegetarianism as a
dietary law because they are totally against the killing
of living creatures. If a person can survive without
killing any living creature, I would be the ﬁrst person to
adopt such a way of life. In the past people thought
plants were lifeless. Today it is a universal fact that
even plants have life. Thus their logic of not killing
living creatures is not fulﬁlled even by being a pure
7.Even plants can feel pain
They further argue that plants cannot feel pain,
therefore killing a plant is a lesser crime as compared to
killing an animal. Today science tells us that even
plants can feel pain. But the cry of the plant cannot be
heard by the human being. 1211
This is due to the inability of the human ear to hear
sounds that are not in the audible range i.e. 20 Hertz to
20,000 Hertz. Anything below and above this range
cannot be heard by a human being. A dog can hear up to
40,000 Hertz. Thus there are silent dog whistles that
have a frequency of more than 20,000 Hertz and less
than 40,000 Hertz. These whistles are only heard by
dogs and not by human beings. The dog recognizes the
masters whistle and comes to the master. There was
research done by a farmer in U.S.A. who invented an
instrument which converted the cry of the plant so that
it could be heard by human beings. He was able to
realize immediately when the plant itself cried for
water. Latest researches show that the plants can even
feel happy and sad. It can also cry.
8. Killing a living creature with two senses less is not
a lesser crime
Once a vegetarian argued his case by saying that plants
only have two or three senses while the animals have
Therefore killing a plant is a lesser crime than killing
an animal. Suppose your brother is born deaf and dumb
and has two senses less as compared to other human
beings. He becomes mature and someone murders
him. Would you ask the judge to give the murderer a
lesser punishment because your brother has two senses
less? In fact you would say that he has killed a
masoom, an innocent person, and the judge should
give the murderer a greater punishment.
In fact the Qur'an says:
"O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, lawful and
9 Over population of cattle
If every human being was a vegetarian, it would lead to
overpopulation of cattle in the world, since their
reproduction and multiplication is very swift. Allah
(swt) in His Divine Wisdom knows how to maintain
the balance of His creation appropriately. No wonder
He has permitted us to have the meat of the cattle.
Acquiring Knowledge - Good
Informing others - V. Good
Applying it - Excellent
Preventing Mischief - Noble
Greater Understanding of Religions : Social Responsibility and Unmindfulness
Millions of stray animals roam the streets,
miserably…. (D N 2012/01/12)
Thousands of uncared pets, dirty the
Rs.500 Million spent on rabies (D N 2011/09/28)
thousands suffer, due to PET CARELESSNESS!
Imperative that we examine the current methods,
so as to have tolerance and follow the Middle
In Today's World of Social Unconsciousness, due to
Pleasures of this World at the Expense of Society,
It is imperative we come out of Ignorance of other Social
Sensitivities, and bring about a common understanding and
tolerance with a view to follow the Middle Path. We must
avoid Mischief at ALL COST.
HELP SOCIETY - TAKE INITIATIVE.