The difference between USA and India
“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.” – George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 1
(They also feel pain)
(They also feel pain)
This news got me thinking:
Horse slaughter permanently banned in U.S.A.
May 2007. Illinois, the state with United States’ last operating horse slaughterhouse made it illegal to kill the animals for human consumption. Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he was proud to sign the law Thursday, calling it “past time to stop slaughtering horses in Illinois.”
American horse meat is sold mostly in France, Belgium and Japan, where it is considered a delicacy. The practice has outraged people who feel horses are more like pets than livestock.
Two other horse slaughter plants in Texas were shut down this year. Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, called on the federal government to ban the export of horses for slaughter. “Thousands of horses face gruelling trips to slaughter facilities in Canada and Mexico unless Congress acts now to protect them,” Pacelle said in a statement. He said federal statistics show that 100,800 horses were slaughtered in the United States in 2006. Another 30,000 were sent to Mexico or Canada for slaughter.
Illinois lawmakers passed the ban after an appeal from actress Bo Derek. In a statement today, she applauded the end of the “cruel, bloody trade in horsemeat.”
Opponents of the new law say there’s no reason to treat horses differently from cattle or other farm animals. They say that horses are killed humanely and that the slaughterhouse creates jobs.
Now just compare the business of horse slaughter in the USA with that of cow slaughter in India. Are not these two cases exactly the same? Let us see…
The reason why Americans wanted horses to be treated differently than other animals and livestock was that “the horse is a pet and a companion”. Are not cows more than a pet or a companion for common Indian masses? Now see the reasons that the opponents of the ban mentioned: “1. there are no reasons to treat horses differently from other farm animals, 2. horses are killed humanely and 3. the slaughterhouse creates jobs. Are not these the very arguments made in opposition to any attempt banning cow slaughter in India? When the Americans can shrug off these reasons as unacceptable, what keeps our India from banning cow slaughter?
The only conflicting view that can come up is: the employment generated by cow slaughter in a developing country like India is more ‘valuable’ than for the economically superior Americans. For if this were the reason, the US would not have taken so long to ban it (horse slaughter was banned only in 2007). It proves that more than employment, there are other factors playing the role. Is it about economics? We know that there would be supporters of slaughterhouses operating in India even if our country became rich enough. And we know the reason: vote bank appeasement politics.
Today, I realise that our India is not truly a free nation as the United States is. We two nations can think alike, can reason alike, but we are not able to act alike. And our cows have to suffer because of our cowardice.