Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) came under fire Thursday for posting a malicious and inaccurate video on Twitter, which compared Eid-ul-Fitr to animal cruelty.
The video shows a slaughtered goat being dragged along by a car, while its baby runs behind it helplessly. The video was accompanied with the tweet “This is heartbreaking Animals don’t need to die for you to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Have a #vegan holiday.”
This is heartbreaking 💔
— PETA (@peta) June 4, 2019
The tweet, which was posted by PETA’s international handle, was retweeted by PETA India.
Muslim Twitterati slammed the misleading post and asked the group to remove it, saying it legitimizes anti-Islamic hatred at a time when Muslims and their places of worship are under pressure from daily attacks.
Many pointed out the absolute insensitivity and lack of research behind the tweet and said the video goes against the Islamic practices when it comes to slaughtering meat.
First, we don’t drag goats around. Second, Eid isn’t about killing animals, it’s about giving to the people in need. People who have money usually buy a goat to give meat to the poor, not for fun. You can’t expect everyone to be vegan.
— ѕαℓιуѕυѕ🇪🇬| BTS READ MY PIN OR ELSE (@AgustMoonchildD) June 4, 2019
Imagine attacking muslims instead of wishing them a happy holiday. This is why you’re a joke PETA https://t.co/WMR9j8xkMh
— نوح (@noahalaktas) June 4, 2019
this is such an irresponsible video for a giant company like PETA to put out, not only did they get the Eid wrong, but they’re also insinuating that muslims practice this inhumane way of slaughtering animals https://t.co/GWFEYpjdcd
— shaziya (@garamchaiii) June 4, 2019
Beyond @peta being totally off (and unapologeticall and arrogantly so) about which Eid this is, the above video is abhorrent and would be totally unacceptable by any Islamic standard, from the manner of the slaughter to the apparent sex of the animal — all wrong.
— Mariem Masmoudi (@MariemRMasmoudi) June 4, 2019
1- Wrong Eid.
2- This isn’t the Islamic way to slaughter animals, nor handle slaughtered animals. Islam places great care in the ritual slaughter process.
3- Litany of animal rights obligated upon Muslims.
— MuslimMatters (@MuslimMatters) June 4, 2019
What’s also heartbreaking is @peta being islamophobic and spreading the wrong message. You already know that a) that’s the wrong Eid, and b) halal meat is the most humane and clean way to slaughter. Don’t tell us how to celebrate our religion thanks https://t.co/p0kwiceCzZ
— sraeesk 💎 (@pengali98) June 5, 2019