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Animal sacrifice leaves Dhoni in trouble
When a common man kills an animal, the act is ignored. But when a celebrity does the same, every news channel and newspaper talk about it, and the custom prevails for quite a good number of days! Dhoni is the recent name in this ‘privileged’ list.
MS DHONI’S sacrifice of a goat at Ranchi’s Silli temple in thanksgiving for the Indian cricket team’s tri-series victory in Australia has become big news. Animal rights’ groups have made a hue and cry over the incident.
 
PETA India’s chief has written to Dhoni asking him to refrain from such cruelty.
“We have been receiving scores of calls from people across the country who are annoyed by the cruel killing act by Dhoni. The cricketer’s young fans might be inspired to perpetrate similar acts of cruelty. We would appreciate if he uses his influence to spread a message of compassion among young people,” Anuradha Swahney, chief functionary, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said in her letter.
 
But I feel PETA is merely playing the opportunist’s game to draw mileage from the story. How many thousands of mute animals, cows, buffaloes, goats, rabbits, poultry, etc get killed daily in our abattoirs? Blood of these poor animals is shed without anyone shedding even a crocodile tear!
 
The fear that since Dhoni is a youth icon, his followers will en-masse indulge in animal sacrifices is a mere fantasy. Dhoni had a reason for his act, and in my view, he is justified in doing it. It became an issue only because he happens to be well known. If it were someone else, no one would have bothered at all.
 
Millions of goats are sacrificed in Muslim countries all over the world during the Hajj pilgrimage. They consider it a holy practice. If it is holy to kill an animal there, it should be no different here. Every created thing is made for man. It is for him to utilise it as best he can.
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