22 November 2010, 15:00
Eid al-Adha in Moscow should do without bloody spectacles - Sobyanin
Moscow, November 22, Interfax - Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin stated there shouldn't be "provocative spectacles" on Eid al-Adha in the capital.
"I think that Muslims themselves don't need them: such provoking, bloody spectacles, no one needs them. It's a question of organization. It should be organized without provoking shows, without blood," Sobyanin said in an interview with the program Saturday News with Sergey Brilev on Rossiya TV.
"It's elementary organization that needs to be regulated. I think that it'll be settled in Moscow," the mayor stressed.
Last week a group of renowned figures of culture turned to Sobyanin with an open letter urging him to make practice of Eid al-Adha sacrifice more civilized.
"We are extremely depressed with the situation that is taking place in Moscow in recent years. On the days of celebrations dedicated to religious Muslim feast Kurban Bairam (Eid al-Adha - IF) animals are publicly slaughtered in various places of Moscow and many Muscovites including children have to watch it," celebrities told the mayor in their letter as its text was conveyed to Interfax-Religion.
According to them, sights at the unsanctioned slaughters "cause shock of people not accustomed to cruelty." Alive sheep with tied legs "are put into luggage of passenger cars, killed and carved near the trucks in presence of live animals, at the same places blood-covered corps are weighted."
Raids of animal protection organizations called by Muscovites disclosed dozens of sites where animals were massively slaughtered near apartment buildings, shops and schools.
"Such situation cannot but cause serious concerns. It is well-known that accepting screens of violence and cruelty as a norm makes people more hardhearted and extremely negative influence social prosperity," the stars stress.
Besides, they believe that public slaughter of animals cause "condemnation and protest of the capital's residents and it constantly leads to conflict situations."
Authors of the address say they respect religious feelings of Muslims, but believe that "bloody public sacrifices of animals is alien tradition for Russia where great humanists Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Yesenin, Leskov, Chekhov, Gorky and many others spared no effort to strengthen norms of compassionate attitude to any life."
Celebrities ask the new Moscow mayor to sign instructions to ban holding the rite in public and strictly limit its sites as it was done in 2006.