Friday, January 23, 2009

DEFRA pursues a policy of religious discrimination

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is to have one policy when dealing with the animals of the monotheists, and quite another when it deals with the animals of the Indic faiths. The pets of Christians are to be terminated to alleviate their suffering, but those of the Hindus shall be permitted to live on.

It transpires that the RSPCA has apologised to a Hindu temple for killing its sacred cow. It did so on ‘welfare grounds’, but this protocol is to be reassessed. Yet it is only to be reassessed when they deal with the welfare of animals ‘at organisations which have a non-violent ethos’.

The RSPCA is developing a policy in which the animals of monotheists (including Sikhs?) must be euthanised to alleviate suffering, but those of the karmic religions are to be left to continue in their suffering, for the suffering of these animals is intrinsic to samsara and necessary for the attainment of mokshe, while the suffering of the animals of the monotheists is pointless, for they cannot attain salvation.

Perhaps the RSPCA should consider Ecclesiastes 3:19-21, or consider that King Solomon referred to the spirit (Heb: ‘ruach’) of animals (Ps 150:6).

The new DEFRA policy emanates from the dispute with Bhatkivedanta Manor Temple in Watford. When its sacred cow, Gangotri, was injured, she began to suffer from pressure sores because she could no longer stand. The Hindus believe this suffering to be the result of Gangotri’s karma – ie, she gets what she deserves. The RSPCA thought this a load of tosh and distinctly inhumane, so they administered a lethal injection to Gangotri, thereby ending her suffering.

This angered Hindus nationwide and provoked protests outside the RSPCA headquarters (non-violent, of course).

The RSPCA have duly apologised to Bhatkivedanta Manor Temple, saying they ‘recognised the hurt caused to the sentiments of these communities, and wishing to build a progressive relationship, apologised unreservedly for causing hurt and offence’.

Progressive relationship?

One rule for Hindus; another for Christians?

By way of compensation, the RSPCA purchased a new, pregnant cow for the Temple.

Henceforth, DEFRA’s new protocol will guide animal welfare at all farms and organisations in the UK which have a ‘non-violent ethos’.

So, the animals of Christian farmers will no longer be treated in the same manner as those in Hindu temples.

Who is the theologian at DEFRA discerning and expounding this ‘non-violent’ ethos? Who is determining the orthodoxy? Who is establishing adherence?

Who is assessing the implications of the formal recognition of ahimsa in a Government department?

Are Jews, Christians and Muslims being branded faiths with a violent ethos?

There is evidently now one law for Jews, Christians and Muslims, and another law for Hindus, Sikhs (?) and Buddhists. Yet there is supposed to be equality under the law.

It is self-evident that some religions have more rights than others, and that some animals are more equal than others.

The next time there is an outbreak of foot and mouth, scrapie or ‘mad cow disease’, Cranmer exhorts all farmers who wish to save their animals simply to profess the Hindu faith. Your animals shall thereby be exempt from slaughter, and your own ‘good’ karma multiplied a thousand-fold.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure whether you should include Buddhists. Animals are killed in Buddhist countries. In fact it is impossible to survive in most of Tibet on a vegetarian diet because the vegetation is so poor that it can only be digested by ruminants.

23 January 2009 at 09:54  
Blogger The Heresiarch said...

I'm more worried about the way the government kow-tows to the barbaric slaughter requirements of halal and kosher, while other animals have to be killed humanely. If Hindus want to look after sick or injured animals, provided they're not posing a health risk to humans, they should certainly be allowed to do so, and it is monstrous of pseudo-legal authorities such as the RSPCA to intervene.

23 January 2009 at 10:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace, I beg your favour, please consider this. While I fully agree with your learned words, DEFRA policy a load of manure, I would plead that you perhaps also consider another strand to animal welfare. The temple cow,sacred, cosseted, free from years of being kept in calf for milk and dying of old age, albeit in pain. Or the run of the mill cow kept in calf for milk, a male calf taken away for slaughter, a female calf to perpetuate the cycle. Your most humble servant. Colin

23 January 2009 at 12:05  
Anonymous Shaven-headed tattooed knuckledragger said...

If it is the animal's karma to suffer, then it is also the animal's karma to meet with a compassionate vet who will put an end to that suffering.

What do the Hindus do when they themselves are ill, go to a doctor, or grin and bear it because it is their karma?

P.S. Outlawing halal would make Britain less inviting to certain non-non-violent undesirables who might thereby be persuaded to go forth and multiply elsewhere.

23 January 2009 at 12:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's disgusting that we are comprising our own moral stance on animal cruelty to keep a bunch of humans happy.

If there are cultures that don't agree with our set of ethics, tell them to leave quietly and shut the door behind them.

23 January 2009 at 12:14  
Blogger Bryan said...

Hindus non-violent?!?

Tell that to the young women who have been raped, and the young men who have been beaten and watched their brothers be murdered, tell that to the parents who have been driven from their homes and had their churches burned by Hindus just this last year in Orrissa and other predominately Hindu states in India!

The belief that Hindus are non-violent is yet another "sacred cow" that is slaughtered in the face of reality.

23 January 2009 at 13:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This world(the Uk) in particular seems to be taking on a slightly surreal atmosphere, somewhat like a monty python clip.
Has anyone else noticed it or is it just me?.
I have lived on this island for 61 years and the things that are happening (if put in a novel) I would never have believed!.

23 January 2009 at 18:14  
Blogger adrian said...

Around 15% of our schools now secretly feed our children halal meat.
10% of the meat sold in supermarkets is now halal.

where is the RSPCA in this, not a sound from them.

25 January 2009 at 16:20  
Anonymous Resin Wicker Furniture said...

well i am myself a hindu. I agree with the gentlemen the rule of the land should follow. We dont care to make foreigners happy and you shouldnt lay new rules to make us happy.

2 February 2009 at 21:48  

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