Brave Muslim Woman Defies Social Media Bullies To Care For Stray Dogs

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Sometimes this dog wonders if religion has waged more wars, trickled more tears, and murdered more men than any weapons of mass destruction ever created. Quite an irony if you realize that all religions in their essence call for peace. May be its time to renounce the god-men who conveniently twist scriptures for – politics and other propaganda, and embrace the god.

In Lombok, Indonesia, a brave Muslim woman who looks after stray dogs (for over 15 years now), has met with severe opposition online — but she’s refusing to let bullies discourage her.

Desy Marlina Amin chronicles her moments with the strays she cares for via her facebook page. Whilst her supporters encourage her to continue doing good work and call her an inspiration for all Indonesian animal lovers, there also exists a vehemently vocal audience which bullies her with all sort of obscenities and threats to thwart her efforts to help the dogs.

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“This is my happiness, to see the animals can eat, I believe the dogs and cats pray for me. When I’m sad, they pray for me. I really believe that.” ~ Desy

As per Desy’s detractors, dogs are considered “unclean” or ‘haram’ as per their interpretations of Islam. While many Muslims believe that cleaning themselves after interacting with a dog is enough to make it permissible, this radical group believes that it’s wrong for humans to care for dogs in general. Desy’s critics have told her she’s offending Allah by doing so, but she sees things differently — and she’s not backing down.

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It is not merely online bullying, sometimes Desy gets harassed on the street as well, for feeding the stray dogs.

As a devout Muslim, Desy believes that it is her duty to show love to these desperate animals, who have no one else to take care of them. She began buying food for stray animals as soon as she could afford to.

 “My faith, my charity, my actions, only God understands. I know God looks at me. I know God listens to me. He knows me. He smiles seeing me feeding the animals he created. I take care of what he created. He created this world not just for humans, but for every creature. I believe when I adopt and take care of a dog or cat or any animal that is injured, they pray for me. I get a lot of warnings in my inbox. People say they want to kill me. I don’t care. Some people talk badly because I help these animals.

I don’t care what the people say. I’ve never asked anything of the people who are angry with me. I don’t understand why we should be scared of dogs, as Muslims. If you think they are unclean, you can wash yourself. I always wash my hands before I talk to my God, then I keep working” 

Every morning before starting her job as a taxi driver, Desy prepares healthy meals to ensure that more than 60 cats and dogs have enough to eat. Not only is this brave Muslim woman feeding the stray animals but also helping change many people’s perceptions about Islam’s views on caring for animals.

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29 Puppies saved from being eaten at Yulin Dog meat Festival

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This puppy was fortunate to be rescued just in time from the Yulin bound dog cage.

Cruelty, sometimes creeps in and devours humanity from unsuspecting grounds, in the name of religioncustoms or profits. How else would you find any logic in Yulin dog meat festival where humans torture and devour their best friends?

Merely days before China’s annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, Humane Society International (HSI) along with partners in China, negotiated for the release of 29 frightened dogs and 5 cats, who were being held captive at a slaughter facility in Yulin. These 34 animals were rescued and taken to shelters, where they’re being bathed, fed and cared for.

Some of these animals will find loving homes in China, while most will be flown to the U.K. and U.S. to find families there.

The astoundingly cruel Yulin Dog Meat Festival

While China has a history of having dog meat as a dining table delicacy, Yulin dog meat festival is a relatively new tradition, created by an entrepreneurial group of dog meat traders in 2010 to increase sales. This cruel celebration marks the start of the summer solstice for the town of Yulin, located in southwestern China.  In 2015 alone, 10,000 dogs were killed over the Yulin festival weekend despite the world wide protests led by animal lovers and organisations like Humane Society International (HSI) which worked with local activists to help save hundreds of dogs.

Even ghastlier aspect of this so-called festival is the barbaric brutality that is unleashed on the poor animals —  at times strangled or boiled alive, due to the belief that such torture makes the meat more tender.

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What is the Chinese govt. doing to stop The Yulin Dog meat festival?

The Yulin dog meat festival, though not promoted by the local government, is a private and spontaneous activity. The Chinese government has never openly accepted the existence of such a festival or taken measures to curb it. This year, however, the government has formally pledged towards shutting down the festival.

Despite national and international protests and a petition with more than 11 million signatures, the Yulin Festival is set to begin on Tuesday, June 21.

The Chinese officials have confiscated dog and cats from Yulin bound trucks, and have shut down local slaughterhouses. We hope the announcements pertaining to new animal welfare laws in China would be critical to curb and eventually end the event permanently.

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Unlike Chi Chi, the dog who lost all her paws in the dog meat industry in South Korea but was later rescued and adopted, not all dogs in the meat trade are so fortunate to survive.

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“The dogs are tortured to ‘make the meat tastier.’ They are also skinned and boiled alive. It’s not a food festival. It’s Hell.” ―Ricky Geravis

Help put an end to the Yulin Dog meat festival

Here’s hoping Yulin realizes that festivities shouldn’t mean torture and death, how about taking a cue from these wonderful festivals from around the world where dogs are celebrated and not cooked.

Hope floats…

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