Animal Rights In Islam

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I want to thank you for your important article “Islamic teachings predate Modern Science on using animals for lab tests” by Sarah Khasawih (November 8, 2013 issue of the Muslim Link). It is rare in a Muslim publication to find any mention of animal rights, even though our Prophet (peace be upon him) emphasized the importance of kind treatment to animals.

Mrs. Khasawih seemed to be impressed by the convention held by the animal experimenters on October 27-31. In the convention, they gave pleasant-sounding speeches to justify their continued cruel, sadistic, and unnecessary experiments on millions of innocent animals each year.

Since the 1700s, countless poor, helpless animals have been cut open, mutilated, burned, drowned, and had dangerous chemicals injected in their eyes and skin. This has all been done in the name of human progress and improving human health. In the name of science, animals are suffering daily; they are being tortured and experimented on. For what sin and what crime are these animals being forced to endure such unimaginable suffering? No amount of pleasant words or rationalizations can ever justify such awful crimes against Allah’s creatures. It is sad that all too many people have been persuaded by the sweet sounding words and speeches of those who experiment on animals.

Mahair Sibay, Maryland

Br Mahair – Assalamu'alykum and thanks for your letter. Our reporter Sarah Khasawinah actually devoted most of the article to covering the growing movement within the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science in support of using animals less in research. She also wrote about how Islam emphasizes the rights and kind treatment of animals, so we think both of you are on the same page. – TML



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