Campaign Progress: Stop South Africa’s planned 2010 Soccer World Cup Animal Sacrifice

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” —Ghandi


If you have not been following the story, and stumbled across this blog entry, please have a look at:

https://thewordwright.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/2010-soccer-world-cup-animal-sacrifice-planned/

The campaign to stop South Africa from proceeding with the sacrifice of animals in ‘blessing’ the 2010 Soccer World Cup is doing well!

Update on Stop South Africa from sacrificing animals at 2010 Soccer World Cup Petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Stop-2010-World-Cup-Animal-Sacrifice

The initial dripping support has grown into a steady trickle and the petition now sports, at the time of this writing, 655 signatures. Considering that the petition was only started at 9pm (GMT+2) on October 23rd, this is a very encouraging result! Thank you to all who have been of help.

FIFA Executive Committee

I contacted FIFA directly, provided the information as reported upon by Reuters and informed them that a petition is running in opposition to the application filed by traditional leaders in South Africa. I went on to tell them that I am not of the belief that any one of the committee members could possibly be in favour of sullying the image of the 2010 World Cup by allowing the blood of animals to be spillt in this way. I asked them for their support against the application and am awaiting their feedback.

Animal Rights Organisations

To ensure that organised support is lent to the “Stop South Africa from sacrificing animals at 2010 Soccer World Cup” campaign, I contacted PETA and Animal Rights Africa on Sunday night. Thus far I have not received any response from either. Naturally I will be approaching many more over the next few days.

Blogs

Many concerned blog owners have included a link to the petition in their blogs. Naturally the response from blog commenters were varied, some airing their concern, others airing their disbelief and others still their opinion that we are all a bunch of animal rights wackos. So be it. If you stick your hand up, the odd bite at it is to be expected.

Media

Thus far, I have only been commenting on articles covering the proposed sacrifice of animals in blessing of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. As soon as the petition reaches 1,000 signatories, I will be contacting newspapers and news channels directly. Hopefully this will catapult the campaign to higher levels.

What you can do to help the cause?

No activism is necessary. Simply send the petition link and, if you wish, a link to the original blog entry, to people you know. Here are the links again:

Blog entry

https://thewordwright.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/2010-soccer-world-cup-animal-sacrifice-planned/

Petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Stop-2010-World-Cup-Animal-Sacrifice

Who will the ‘Stop South Africa from sacrificing animals at 2010 Soccer World Cup’ petition be submitted to?

It was not an easy decision, but I eventually decided that the FIFA Executive Committee and the South African FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup Organising Committee are the most appropriate recipients. To ensure that both these bodies can act in a timely manner, the targeted date for submission is the end of November 2009.

Once again: A heartfelt thanks for your wonderful support 🙂

The SPCA, South African Law, the 2010 World Cup and the Planned Sacrifice of Animals

When President Jacob Zuma won the South African Presidential elections, he too was

Blessed

in

BLOOD

Just in case you have not heard the story, yet:

South African ‘traditional leaders’ intend performing ritual animal slaughters in order to bless the Soccer Football Stadiums to be used during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. Zolani Mkiva, chairman of the Makhonya Royal Trust, said the tournament has to to be blessed in true “African style” and that they are going to slaughter cows in sacrifice at each of the 10 stadiums to be used for the event.

Any reasonable person will immediately think: Surely this can be prevented. After all, South Africa does have Animal Protection Laws and an N SPCA. You are right if that is your response – on the latter part of your thought anyway. BUT, as I am about to explain, NOT  on the former part. Here is why.

 

The SPCA

When Reuters broke the news, the N SPCA of South Africa made it clear that they will not prevent or oppose the animal slaughter / sacrifice planned in honour of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. In a very politically correct media statement, they indicated that they are

“respectful and supportive towards cultural and traditional practices”

and that

“the N SPCA stresses that its role will not be to preach or dictate but to act in a welfare liaison capacity”

A cop-out if ever I heard one!

The N SPCA has a history of allowing these kinds of things to go ahead. For instance, when Jacob Zuma became president of South Africa earlier this year, they endorsed (YES, endorsed) the slaughter / sacrifice of 25 Cows to bless Jacob Zuma’s newly acquired President-ship. (See http://iluvsa.blogspot.com/2009/06/25-cows-to-die-for-zuma.html and http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/africa/news/article_1480885.php/Zuma_party_rolls_on_25_cows_face_the_chop_for_village_feast) Bear in mind that these slaughters will have been done in the TRUE AFRICAN way….

Don’t expect any support against the 2010 Soccer World Cup animal slaughter / sacrifice from the N SPCA

 

South African Law

Sure! South Africa DOES have laws governing the treatment of animals – about 40 of them – and that does not include the many bylaws passed governing our behaviour and conduct towards animals. We also have a Consitution. A Consitution that allows religious freedom INCLUDING, in this instance, slaughtering animals for religious purposes and, by the looks of it, to BLESS the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The law is extremely vague as the humane-ness of such killings, saying that it should be done in – and I quote:

” in a humane way as is reasonable within the particular religious or cultural values of the person effecting the slaughter and subject to the requirements of the SPCA.”
Killing tethered – their legs are bound together and they are flipped on their sides – bulls with bare hands (see yesterday’s blog: https://thewordwright.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/2010-soccer-world-cup-animal-slaughter-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/) and slitting (although HACKING would be a better description) fully conscious cows’ throats, leaving them to slowly bleed to death (see https://thewordwright.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/2010-soccer-world-cup-animal-sacrifice-planned/) are perfectly REASONABLE and ACCEPTABLE religious and cultural values and not contrary to the social standards of the bulk of the population in South Africa.
Don’t expect any  protection against the 2010 Soccer World Cup animal slaughter / sacrifice under South African Law

 

What now?

 

Stopping the proposed, torturous deaths of the animals intended for sacrifice in honour of the 2010 Soccer World Cup is going to be NO easy matter! I started a petition two days ago to try and rally as much support as I can from people across the world. Please sign this petition if you disagree with animal sacrifice: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Stop-2010-World-Cup-Animal-Sacrifice.
So far we have 327 signatures. The target is 50,000. Your support in terms of creating awareness among friends, colleagues etc will go a long way towards achieving the targeted number! The petition will be submitted to the FIFA Executive Committee and 2010 Soccer World Cup Organising Committee of South Africa. I am also busy rallying support from Animal Rights Organisations across the world and approaching the media to solicit additional support. I am of the conviction that if sufficient pressure can be brought to bear, the animal sacrifice planned by South Africa to celebrate and bless the 2010 Soccer World Cup can and will be stopped.