Adopting a vegan lifestyle is the easiest way for Muslims to live in accordance with the ethical, environmental and health precepts of Islam, which is why I'll be celebrating Eid with my loved ones at a table full of vegan dishes, such as vegetable samosas and pakoras, spinach potato cutlets, dairy-free halwa, falafels and veg dum biryani.
Now that the Supreme Court of India has confirmed a ban on Jallikattu -- a cruel male entertainment popular in some parts of Tamil Nadu, in which bulls are deliberately chased -- frightened and tormented, proponents of the “sport” are claiming it is somehow essential to the preservation of native cattle breeds. What a bunch of bull!
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In light of the knowledge that cows and buffalo are sensitive, intelligent individuals, can we truly consider ourselves feminists if we limit our concern for females to those of our own species? I don't think so.
With all the discussion about jallikattu and bull races these days, a lot of people are asking me what my feelings are on the subject because of the animal rights work I do with PETA India. I do not believe in hurting another being for any reason. And when it comes to men, I believe there's nothing sexier than a man who also refuses to contribute to suffering.
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They purposely disorient the bulls by force-feeding them alcohol; twist and bite their tails; stab and jab them with sickles, spears, knives and sticks; cause them intense pain by yanking their nose ropes; and punch, jump on and drag them to the ground. What is fair, let alone remotely masculine, about this deliberate weakening of animals? It's disgusting and shameful, not macho in the slightest.
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PETA's investigation of dairy factory farms across India also documented that animals are crudely and painfully artificially inseminated, denied veterinary care and forced to stand and lie in piles of their own faeces.
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