Monday, 20 June 2016

FB Discussions - Jallikattu and Local traditions (1)

Dear Jallikattu opposers, and animal lovers,
If you or your neighbour, have a pet a dog, especially an imported breed, kept at home, taken for walks on a chain, brought up to be utterly dependent of the family - thats specieism at its worst. An animal, a lifeform, was never meant to be a 'pet' for another animal for life, simply for entertainment.
The foreign breed was also never meant to suffer in the tropical climate. And the breeding process that creates these pups for sale is one of the most cruel.
The concerns people have for animals can start at home, and with oneself.

Komakkambedu Himakiran Anugula All societies which had dogs never had them inside the house. They were guard dogs and served a purpose. They could hunt on their own and that's what you see most street dogs do chasing rats, cats and birds. 

This modern "dogs as pets" concept is again a blatant aping of the Western elite. Dogs are not meant to be kept inside houses.
Aparna Krishnan Village dogs are like that. They are fed when the family eats, and they go for long walks with their friend dogs, and have exciting team wars across streets. If our sleep gets disturbed by their battles, we toss a stone at them and they disperse. The village people come to the city, see dogs taken on chained walks and guffaw at the sight. They tell me, "If one grazes a cow one gets milk and cowdung and calves. In the city they graze dogs ?!" High time the educated urban started doing some introspection and left us 'barbarians' to our fate.
Komakkambedu Himakiran Anugula Again, we never go after them. We let them be. But they pounce on us with terms like barbarians!
Gowri Shankar R Yes.. They are not meant for being our pets. Let the people feed the stray animals if they are ardent animal lovers.
Komakkambedu Himakiran Anugula
 have seen enough of these...what I don't understand is, people use this and target us!

If we aren't there, who will supply meat to the people? 

Option A: small farmer livestock model
Option B: corporate slaughter houses
Option C: Vegan utopia!

Now, wake up, there is no option C; if you support that, you kill option A and promote option B.
Aparna Krishnan  as much as we support local traditions, we also oppose the corporatised model, in meat as in everything else. Actually the two struggles are the same struggle. both veer to Option A.
Aparna Krishnan veganism is a private choice people may make. It has no larger context.
Komakkambedu Himakiran Anugula All the animal rights activists are doing this. Just see the promo material of PETA where they show such videos and then use the funding/support to beat down our decentralized small farmer model.
Aparna Krishnan weird. i though this video naturally reinforces and validates small farmer model. where else can it lead ?
Komakkambedu Himakiran Anugula that's because you are grounded in the realities of rural India, not floating in the escapism of GDP India!
Aparna Krishnan What does Peta advocate then, after this video - veganism ?
Komakkambedu Himakiran Anugula Animal Liberation!
Aparna Krishnan omg ! into the wild ??!
Aparna Krishnan the wild that they and their civilization havefinished off 

Only the urban human species could think up of trapping animals from far away, cageing them for life, and then gaping at them. And then they outrage at a jallikattu they have no understanding of (nor will to go to the field and understand), from armchair comfort ... and possibly while planning a zoo trip with their children the next day.

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