We Know What It Looked Like
before it arrives the supermarket shelves.
What am I talking about? The food that is on our table. For me (maybe for Zaini too); when I was small - I know what the plants of the vegetables my Mom served looked like. Heck! I may have grown it! Yeah, I was quite the little farmer when I was in primary school. My Mom made me take care of a patch of land and I planted all sorts of vegetables there and did all the work myself! I probably would've done it all through my teens too, if not for the fact the MARA somehow deemed me bright enough to let me enter a boarding school for bright kids. Heh
And I know the beef, the chicken, the lamb we see on the supermarket shelves look like before it got there and it sure ain't that pink slush McD serves!
I've seen animals being slaughtered. A vegetarian, I certainly am not. When I was at school; secondary school that is, one of the school's activities was for the students to learn how to slaughter chickens the proper Islamic way. Too gruesome? Well, if you eat chicken - why can't you kill one? Because it is easier to let other people to do the dirty job? (This can bring me into a whole different rant about us liking to let other people do our dirty job but I won't go into it... yet).
OK, what's the point of this anyway? How many of you think that your school-going child shouldn't and couldn't learn about how animals are killed before it arrives on your dinner plate? I'm not talking about seeing it directly or "live" but how about watching it on TV? Granted, I am of the opinion that the non-Islamic way of killing animals can be quite gruesome and brutal and I hate watching it.
Raimie had seen a few, when the "Korban" was done at my hometown and when my Dad brought back a deer that a villager caught with a trap. He needs to learn that food don't just magically materialise on the supermarket shelves.
Raimie asked me this question once, when we were discussing about this. He asked if people takes pity on killing animals, how come nobody pities plants? Can't plant suffer too? Now, before you say that plants can't feel anything - can you truthfully confirm that? Have you ever been a plant before?