Target: Registrar and Head of the Executive Council of Osmania University, Professor E. Suresh Kumar
Goal: Don’t allow students to slaughter dozens of pigs and cows for misguided “human rights” festivals.
Students from Osmania University in Hydrabad, India, have decided to celebrate World Human Rights day tomorrow by slaughtering and serving up dozens of cows at a beef festival. The students have selected this particular day because they believe that the festival will “uphold the right to food as one of the human rights.”
This misguided belief ignores the fact that eating meat contributes to world hunger and widens inequalities in the access to food worldwide by exploiting resources for livestock that would be better utilized to grow plant-based nourishment for humans. Not to mention it promotes the suffering and slaughter of innocent cows to make a political statement.
A retributory “pork festival” has been organized as protest. Organizers have been threatened and disputes have already occurred because of these events. This clearly announces the extent of civil unrest these two festivals will surely cause, exacerbating the risk of religious and cultural clashes.
While cows and pigs are unfortunately routinely slaughtered worldwide, it is absurd that students are encouraging this animal exploitation in this particular case for the sake of a human rights campaign. Purporting to enhance the rights of humans should not involve harming animals. They are beings in their own right who don’t deserve to be caught in the cross fires of various political or cultural groups looking to make a statement.
The university has dispatched police to help manage protesters at both events; however this will not prevent blameless cows and pigs being slaughtered in the name of political protest. Urge university officials to take urgent steps to prevent both festivals from occurring.
Dear Professor Kumar,
Students at your university have organized a “beef festival” for World Human Rights day tomorrow. A spin-off “pork festival” is also planned as protest. The original organizers have selected this particular day as they believe their festival “upholds the right to food as one of the human rights.” This is an inappropriate justification for the slaughter of dozens of innocent animals.
Moreover, this mistaken idea ignores the fact that eating meat contributes to world hunger and widens inequalities in the access to food worldwide by exploiting resources for livestock that would be better utilized to grow plant-based nourishment for humans. Not to mention these festivals will surely cause religious and cultural clashes to a potentially dangerous extent.
While the university has reportedly dispatched police to help manage protesters, this may not be enough. I urge you to take urgent steps to prevent both festivals from occurring.
[Your Name Here]
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