How would you like to have cattle slaughtered on a public verge in full view of your home and your children?
It seems that Councils, in trying to accommodate ‘cultural’ events for certain inhabitants of suburbs, are now issuing permits for this to happen. The most recent occurrence took place in a suburb of Durban on the Bluff, where residents were subjected to the sight of two animals being killed on the roadside by having spears thrust into their brains. Thereafter the animals were butchered then and there, in full view, as a delightful precursor to the festivities of the residents of the home.
Strong feelings were expressed, as reflected in these headlines. My own letter published on the subject read as follows:
I wish to express anger and disgust towards those residents in our area who insist on carrying on a practice which is abhorrent to the majority; and equally to the authorities for apparently condoning and permitting it. Warning should be taken that it is unacceptable and that all necessary measures will be taken by residents to ensure that it does not continue.
The permits apparently issued are, in any case, invalid as they transgress basic laws which the Council has no right or power to overrule. Those responsible for the issue of such ‘permits’ should be regarded as equally culpable and accountable.
The plea that this uncivilised ritual is in terms of cultural practice has no merit. Public executions, dueling, foxhunting, bullfighting, the binding of feet, and mutilation of sexual organs have all come under the ‘cultural’ heading but have rightly been deemed as barbarism having no place in modern society.
Ritual slaughter and sacrifice should be regarded in exactly the same way. They encourage a culture of violence, and are contrary to all proper humanitarian and hygienic standards.
Now we are again being subjected to the annual irritation caused by those who choose to regard a ‘Festival of Light’ as a series of deafening explosions. Ignoring all pleas from other residents (particularly pet owners) and authorities to desist, they arrogantly persist with their childish methods of celebration. The animals are beside themselves.
Human beings are detestable.