On Eid al-Adha, beginning the evening of August 10th, the throats of tied-up, fully-conscious animals are slit, usually without cutting the spinal cord (as Kosher slaughter requires), because that would alleviate the animal’s pain. You see, Muslims believe that the longer the animal writhes in pain while he is slowly dying, the more the panic hormones are released, which makes the meat taste better.
The ritualistic slaughter is done to commemorate the story of what Muslims call the prophet Abraham, who was asked by God in a dream to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. As Abraham was about to act, God instead bestowed upon him a sheep to kill in his son’s place. So now Muslims (not just butchers) celebrate by cutting the the throats of live animals in the streets, in stadiums, in parks, at homes, where large groups of Muslims and their kids gather to watch the bloodletting festivities.
Before you accept a Muslim’s invitation to dinner in celebration of the EID Festival of Sacrifice dinner, watch these videos.
You don’t have to be Muslim to participate in the joyous festivities of EID, which begins tonight on August 10th. Lucky for you if you live in Florida near a Muslim area, you can experience the joys of EID in person.
“Camel Qurbani”is always a big crowd pleaser. First they hobble the camel’s legs so it can’t kick or run away, then they cut the lower neck, so it bleeds out, which takes a long time because camels are so big. Notice the joy and laughter of Muslim families who eagerly gather to observe.
It’s one thing to slaughter a fully-conscious animal, it’s another thing to torture it before you kill it to the sounds of children laughing.
Eid al-Adha is considered a popular spectator sport in the Muslim world.