Welfare organisations’ silence is deafening

2016-01-07 06:00

I HAVE noticed that neither any individuals, especially our neighbours north of the Umzimkulu, or any of the animal welfare organisations issued any local media statements or warnings­ to the public advising them to be considerate to animals and abide by the regulations pertaining to the use of fireworks over the festive season.

Why is the Hindu festival of Diwali treated differently to the Christian festivals of Christmas and New Year?

There was a call for the total ban of fireworks during Diwali, but nothing during New Year celebrations in which more than 20 times the Diwali fireworks are let off.

Why do some people become vocal against the use of fireworks during Diwali and silent to their use over Christmas and New Year?

As a practising Hindu, would I be wrong to believe that the issue of fireworks during our festival of Diwali and its colourful celebrations has a racial dimension and nothing to do with animal cruelty, but everything to do with religious intolerance?

Was no one bothered about the wholesale cruelty meted out to a farm of pigs in Murchison and Umkomaas a few months ago or are animal activists only concerned about fireworks?

I am entitled to an opinion and mine is that the answers to these questions raised here lie in our attitude towards other people - other races and other religious groups - because our revered Constitution allows no one the acid-mindedness of intolerance.

This is the single most destructive element that eats away at the very seams of society.

Rabi Sewpursadh

Port Shepstone

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