The earthquake in Nepal has focused attention on one of the most horrific practices of animal sacrifice in the world.
Many animal activists see a karmic connection between the earthquake and the blood lust of the Gadhimai Festival (in which hundreds of thousands of animals are brutally hacked to death in an orgy of killing which makes slaughterhouses seem kind in comparison).
If karma were to operate to avenge the deaths of animals, the US would be leveled.
We murder more animals than does any country.
Karma is as bogus a belief as is belief in the Hindu goddess Gadhimai.
I recently published and article entitled Karma in Nepal?, in which I proposed (rather wishfully) a strategy to reduce or eliminate the carnage through a campaign to convince the Nepalese killers that the earthquake was the result of a displeased Gadhimai, the mythical goddess to whom they dedicate their animal genocide.
As the killing spree is the product of religious fanaticism and ignorance, using that same religious fanaticism and ignorance to end the cruelty is more than justified, albeit disingenuous.
The US and most Western nations murder animals at rates several orders of magnitude beyond the number killed in Nepal.
Slaughter in the West is profit-driven. Slaughter in the Gadhimai Festival and other religious events (notably in Islamic societies) are superstition-driven.
It is impossible to impact the slaughter under capitalism with public relations campaigns. Nothing short of revolution will end the slaughter in the US and other capitalist countries.
However, where slaughter is the product of superstition and ignorance, there is the possibility of that same ignorance working to the advantage of animals. If ignorant killers can be convinced that killing is not serving some make-believe purpose, they would have no reason to continue it.
Or if they could be convinced that natural disasters which befall them (as in the earthquake)were occasioned by their mistreatment and killing of innocent animals, they would likely abandon the cruelty.
The root cause of all superstition-driven slaughter is religion.
It is also the root cause of animal slaughter in the West, where adherents to Christianity and Judaism buy into the biblical doctrine of dominion, with the resultant insensitivity to animal suffering. The doctrine of human dominion over animals is the single biggest obstacle to ending animal exploitation and slaughter. It pervades most capitalist countries and enables the oligarchy to continue the Animal Holocaust, which claims 60 billion lives every year.
Campaigns to convince Christians that Jesus was vegan or that God wanted us to be vegans are examples of campaigns that try to play on preconceived notions rather than trying to debunk them.
If they work, I applaud them. I don’t care why people refrain from hurting animals, so long as they do.
Obviously it would be better in the long term for people to embrace empathy rather than hocus-pocus, but we do what we can.
Religion is the enemy of animals.
It is the enemy of people.
And it must be opposed and exposed wherever and whenever possible. Failing that, we should do whatever necessary to convince people that their gods are not happy about slaughter.