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Eid al-Adha: PETA hoarding asking people not to slaughter removed

Firangi Mahali objected to the hoarding by placing a photo of the goat before the festival of Eid al Adha

Sunday July 5, 2020 10:46 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

PETA hoarding removed

Lucknow: A PETA hoarding with a photograph of a goat, asking people not to slaughter it, was removed from the Uttar Pradesh capital following the objection by a senior Cleric and member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AMPLB).

President of the Islamic Centre of India, Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali sent an email to the Lucknow Police Commissioner demanding removal of the controversial hoarding.

Firangi Mahali objected to the hoarding by placing a photo of the goat before the festival of Eid al Adha, also called as Bakra Eid in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other South Asian countries.

Eid al Adha 2020 date

The festival will be celebrated on July 31 or August 1 based on sighting of the moon of the month of Dhul Hijjah.

"Bakrid is expected to be celebrated on July 31. Why such a hoarding is being put up just ahead of the festival?" the cleric queried

Two complaints were also lodged with the Kaiserbagh police demanding the removal.

The message on the hoarding reads, "Main jeev hoon, maans nahi, hamare prati nazariya badlein, vegan banein" (I am a creature, not meat. Change your perspective towards us, turn vegan)".

Such hoardings have been put across the country by PETA which works for animal rights.

'Timing of the campaign'

Meanwhile, a letter was also sent by the director of Centre for Objective Research and Development (CORD) Athar Husain.

"Muslims observe 'qurbani' (sacrifice) on the festival. The hoarding is sending out a wrong message, it is objectionable. The community strongly objects to it," he added.

Local Muslims too had questioned the timing of the campaign.

"Neither animal sacrifice nor eating meat is limited to Muslims alone. In animal slaughter business and meat exports from India too the real beneficiaries are non-Muslims. Hence raising the issue ahead of Eid al-Adha raises questions over the motive", Afaque Ansari, a local resident, said.

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