Blatant racists use the emotive nonsense spouted by bunny-hugging imbeciles to pursue their own agendas of fostering hatred against Africans, or Jews, or Muslims. They do so by stirring up aversion to such communities for continuing valid and deeply-rooted customs involving sacrifice or ritual slaughter of animals. The bunny-huggers who are genuinely only concerned with the welfare of animals are handing this means of propagating racism on a plate to those whose only agendas are to express their loathing for other cultures or races. Thus they are also, in effect, racists.
Believe it or not, these are the views quite a number of ‘enlightened’ western writers have espoused. They brush aside the scientific studies which reveal that the traditional methods of slaughter, for example, do provide unacceptably higher levels of mental stress and actual pain than the properly-run abattoirs. They ignore the brutalising effects which knowledge of, or witnessing, such barbaric customs will have on impressionable minds. They also ignore the sheer absurdity of customs of this sort being sanctioned, let alone mandated, by a god worthy of anything more than revulsion and contempt.
There is a marked difference between xenophobia arising from nothing more than that the ‘others’ are ‘foreign’, and aversion to certain distasteful customs and characteristics assumed and fostered by another race. If these customs – such as public sacrificial or slaughter rituals – are adopted by all of that race, then all of that race are deserving of the dislike arising from such actions. Is this racism? They are not hated because they are ‘different’, but because their collective actions go against what one would reasonably expect from humans living in the era of current knowledge and education. Thus, if the English still universally pursued foxhunting as a pastime, one would be justified in regarding all of them with contempt as “the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable” as Oscar Wilde had it in The Importance of Being Earnest.
As for the validity of the worship of custom and tradition, this is fine for harmless little rituals when they are not too brain-numbingly stupid, but it needs to be recognised that they change and progress all the time. It would be absurd, for example, for all Zulus to insist on living in mud huts in a modern city because of tradition; by the same token other customs move with the times – including the cessation of the barbarities of sacrifice, ritual slaughter, and blood sports. These customs may be deeply-rooted, but they are certainly no longer valid.