Pledge to Have a Cruelty-Free Eid

On the occasion of Eid ul-Adha, millions of goats, sheep, and other animals are sacrificed. Yet treating animals with kindness and respect is one of the cornerstones of Islamic teachings. Having a cruelty-free Eid means engaging in sacrifice in ways that don’t involve cruelty or animal slaughter.


Here are a few reasons why you should celebrate a cruelty-free Eid:

  • Being kind to animals is consistent with the teachings of Islam. Islam promotes peace, dignity, and respect. Abdallah bin Amru in Bukhari and Muslim collections narrated that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Whoever is kind to the creatures of God, is kind to himself.”
  • Sacrifice involves cruelty. An exposé involving animals brought to the Deonar slaughterhouse to be sold for sacrifice revealed horrendous cruelty.
  • Sacrifice is possible in other ways. Instead of taking animals’ lives, distribute vegan food to the poor, send clothes or toys to an orphanage, donate money to charities, or volunteer at an animal shelter.

Many vegetarian and vegan Muslims already celebrate this way. Learn more about what sacrifice means to our Muslim friends.

Inspired? Sign the pledge to have a cruelty-free Eid.

Sign the Pledge

By signing my name, I hereby pledge to have a cruelty-free Eid ul-Adha by engaging in sacrifice in ways that don’t harm animals.


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