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Should the sacrifice of animals for religious purposes be banned?

  • All animals have the right to live.

    In Hinduism, cows are regarded as divine animals because they give us milk that can provide us nutrition. Whenever they do puja to the cows, they do not sacrifice them for this reason. But how is it that when they do puja for goats and sheep, they sacrifice them? Goats and sheep also give us milk; so they should be worshipped the same way that cows are worshipped in Hinduism. And besides, there is no need to give any animals to God. God is the one who gives live and takes life. We humans should have no control over the life spans of any creatures.

  • Yes they do not belong to us

    Any sacrifice should be done where we feel the loss, and by sacrificing a living being which does-not pain us we cannot call it a sacrifice itself. Moreover a sacrifice to please someone cannot be meaningful if we sacrifice what belongs to that someone. Animals are God given gift to mankind and the same when sacrificed to please God contradicts the meaning of sacrifice.
    JOSSY PETER

  • Should that be a question in the first place?

    What kind of a god would solicit for the sacrifice of his own creations? As someone already remarked, slaughtering of animals for genuine purposes such for obtaining nutrition is fine, but sacrifice of animals for pleasing an imaginary entity is simple saying, stupid. Such questions shouldn't be asked in the first place.

  • Yes the sacrificing of animals should be banned because it is not fair to the animals.

    The animals do not choose to worship any specific deity so they should not be killed to support that deity. In addition it is cruel to the animals and encourages murderous behaviors in people.

    Posted by: SamDude
  • Any cruelty to animals and religion included, should be banned and people who practice animal sacrifice, harshly punished.

    What kind of a sick religion would practice animal sacrifice. I truly believe that there is a special place in hell for those who are cruel and make innocent animals suffer. To do cruel things to living creatures in the name of God, makes a mockery of religion.

    Posted by: F Clayton
  • Religion is no exception from the law

    Of course. Animal abuse is illegal, we can agree on that. It's in the law. Why in the world should religion be above that law? Why should religion have special rights? They don't deserve it. Everyone has to live by the rules, no matter what wacko religion you support. Rules are rules, God or no God.

  • Inhumane religious sacrifice of animals should not be exempt under Free Exercise Clause

    Laws not directed at a particular religion, that are neutral laws of general applicability, are what states should use to ban animal sacrifice. Religions should not be exempt from anti-cruelty laws because animal sacrifice is morally wrong. Just like Mormons cannot practice polygamy, other faiths, like Santeria, should not be allowed to sacrifice animals when it causes the animals pain and suffering. Religious slaughter, where the animal is conscious when killed, is also less humane than regular slaughter, where the animal is stunned first, and should not get exempted either in my opinion.

  • Sacrificing animals is cruel and there's no value in it.

    It's cruel and immoral to kill an animal as part of a ritual. It's unnecessary and serves no real purpose. Animals are killed for food, but that serves a real purpose. Killing animals as part of a religious rite is not only cruel to the animal, but perpetuates nonsensical superstitions that aren't beneficial to people.

    Posted by: N Schroeder 60
  • Yes, since it's simply superstition.

    Sacrificing animals for religious purpose must be banned since it doesn't convey anything. Why the hell would God like its men to kill innocent animals? And what's the gain in reality after sacrificing the poor animal? Religious ceremonies can well be performed without these rituals. Nowhere in any religious books is it specified as a necessity.

    Posted by: TownMaso
  • Inhumane religious sacrifice of animals should not be exempt under Free Exercise Clause

    Laws not directed at a particular religion, that are neutral laws of general applicability, are what states should use to ban animal sacrifice. Religions should not be exempt from anti-cruelty laws because animal sacrifice is morally wrong. Just like Mormons cannot practice polygamy, other faiths, like Santeria, should not be allowed to sacrifice animals when it causes the animals pain and suffering. Religious slaughter, where the animal is conscious when killed, is also less humane than regular slaughter, where the animal is stunned first, and should not get exempted either in my opinion.

  • Animals are not people. They do not have any rights that we do not assign to them.

    It doesn't matter what purpose you have in mind - it will always be legitimate. If you get pleasure out of sadistically torturing dogs or cats, power to you. Personally I think you might be a bit wrong in the head, but I won't stand by and watch as people get all upset over what someone does with their organic machine.

    Posted by: Kali
  • No.

    It's a free country, and the freedom of religion is one of our most important rights. It's the reason people came to America in the first place. Although I am not part of such a religion, it would be very wrong to take away their religious freedom. What would happen next? Would more rights be stripped based on current society's morals? Religious freedom must be preserved. If this was banned, these religions would be forced to go underground, something that should NEVER happen in this country.

  • The Same Rules Should Apply As To Meat-Processing Purposes

    It is discrimination to make different rules for if it is done for religious purposes versus other purposes.

  • NO!

    Will you people stop trying to force your beliefs on religons. So it's okay for scientists to experiment on animals, but it's not okay for religious people to sacrifice them. In my opinon killing an amimal is more human than experimenting on it.

  • Banning any religious practices based on cultural values or differences is discrimination.

    While it may seem to make sense, and it may come from an honest desire to stop the killing of animals, banning a religious practice because of a disagreement over values or morals is discrimination. To the followers of those religions, the practice is very important. Banning them from performing their rituals is effectively discriminating against the religion itself.

    Posted by: KnownEvan
  • Some religions, like Judaism, have been sacrificing animals for thousands of years, so, to ban it now would be ridiculous.

    Banning religious activities should not even be considered, unless they harm people in some way. The slaughtering of animals for religious purposes has been going on for thousands of years. To expect these people to just go and change how their religion works, just because you don't like the thought of them killing animals, is wrong.

    Posted by: SpiritualRobt99
  • Do'h ????? simantics!!!

    Of course not!!! you should phrase the questions, Should the murder of animals for any purpose be banned? the religious bit is a red herring.

  • Religion involves free excersise.

    As is stated in our constitution. Free excersise of religion is allowed in our country. Sacrificing an animal as long as such animal is not endangered and protected by law would be the same as killing a chicken for KFC. It is their constitutional right to practice their religion. Let them do so.

  • What a ridiculous topic

    Of course it shouldn’t unless you wish to force your religious beliefs onto another but then where is the freedom of religion in that? Everyone has the right to believe and the right to practice. So what, someone sacrifices a lamb for the sake of their faith. It’s their faith! They aren’t making you have the same practices so let them continue with their beliefs and practices. And the comment "makes a mockery of religion" well let’s face it, religion does that on its own and apparently no one has read the Old Testament where sacrificing animals was a common practice and required by God.

  • No, then we would have to ban the killing of animals to feed humans.

    You have to be really careful about interfering in someone's religious practice. I, personally, don't want to see animals sacrificed because of a person's religious belief. But, I don't think a nation of meat eaters, and hunters, can ban the sacrifice of animals. It would be hypocritical. I think that the most that we could do is ban the torture of animals. And, if the sacrificing of an animal seems torturous than it should be punishable. But, there's a thin line between torture and sacrifice. There's also a thin line between murder and sacrifice, murder and torture, torture and hunting, killing animals for food and killing animals for religious purposes, etc. To just all out ban the sacrifice of animals for religious purposes would be hypocritical. And, our nation is one that doesn't want to carry such a label. And, we shouldn't.

    Posted by: MohaI0v35

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Anonymous says2013-09-01T20:31:05.057
Animal sacrifice is an absolutely disgusting obsolete practice. The whole moral idea behind this pratice doesn't even hold relevant in this century. People in the primitive times followed this ritual to please the gods by sacrificing what was most important to their survival which was their livestock. But this doesn't hold true for any of us nowdays. So how can we even think of justifying something so gruesome and inhuman in the 21st century especially when the whole morale behind this practice is outdated. Killing innocent creatures in the name of religion is absolutely shocking. For those who are theists, let me put forward a simple argument. Since god himself gave life to every creature, it is only plausible to assume that he wants these creatures to live a natural life on the face of the earth. And instead of letting them be, we take away their lives and dump the bodies in front of a temple to please the gods and with the selfish hope of some reward or blessing. It's sad that science thinks of us as beings that are more evolved and more practical. Clearly, we're not.