An employee of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was attacked by an angry mob on Monday after the animal rights’ organization insisted that Muslims should observe a Vegan Eid, which is an Islamic holiday that Starts in October.
Eid al Adha (Festival of the sacrifice) is an Islamic holiday that involves sacrificing their most prized halal animal to symbolize the biblical story of Abraham (Ibrahim) willing to sacrifice his son. Some estimates state that more than 100 million animals are slaughtered during the two-day holiday.
PETA employee Benazir Suraiya and others approached the worshippers at India’s Taj-ul-Masajid mosque, one of the biggest in Asia, with signs in hand that read: “Make Eid Happy for All. Try Vegan.” Suraiya reportedly donned a green hijab to stress the commitment to a vegetarian lifestyle, the India Times reports.
Reports on the ground stated that the local Muslims were so infuriated that they immediately began threatening the woman and throwing rocks at her. After seeing the angry mob develop, Suraiya and other PETA supporters ran away from the mosque for fear of their lives and into a marketplace. Local police then quickly stepped in and took Suraiya away to safety
However, instead of going after the angry mob, Police have instead shockingly prosecuted the activists, who have been charged with “outraging religious feelings,” according to Police Inspector General Yogesh Choudhary.
PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura said about the incident: “PETA organizes peaceful animal protection awareness programs for Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Janmashtami and other holidays, as well as Eid” and “it is shameful that in working to stop violence, our volunteers were made to suffer violence”.