Thursday, September 11, 2003
Re: Ban on animal sacrifice

As in the case of Talaq, my view on this is that the state cannot, and should not, concern itself with the religious prescriptions and proscriptions while deciding on such issues. I have personally witnessed one such festival in Madurai. The scene is very disturbing, in the sense that there is a huge number of animals sacrificed in an environment that is far from hygienic. People cook and eat around the same place... some leave some parts of the carcass around. It also amounts to cruelty to animals.

This being the case, I think the ban is valid, and worthy of appreciation.


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