Fact check: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization's claim about Eid al-Fitr


The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ( PETA)  shared a video that went viral, while the content of the video might be sensitive, it also contained the below wrong claim:

Claim 1:

“Animals don’t need to die for muslim to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. ”

Fact Check 1: True, but misleading.

It’s true that Muslims don’t celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the feast which concludes the month-long ritual fasting of Ramadan, by killing any animal as sacrifice. The practice of sacrificing animals happens in a different holiday, Eid-al-Adha. The sacrificed animals, called aḍḥiya (Arabicأضحية‎), known also by the Perso-Arabic term qurbāni, have to meet certain age and quality standards or else the animal is considered an unacceptable sacrifice. Once sacrificed, the animals are served as food to the owner’s family and to recipients of charity.

Related evidence that PETA has conflated to the two holidays can be found in another Islam related article on the official website of PETA. The article closed by saying, “This Eid al-Adha, break your fast with tasty vegan dishes like this Mock Lamb Shammi Kebab”. Eid-al-Adha does not conclude any prescribed fasting.

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