PETA tweets against a Muslim holiday’s ritual, but gets its facts wrong

 

 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is under fire for mistakes in a video it shared attacking a Muslim holiday’s tradition. 

The clip tweeted by the organization shows a truck dragging a dead goat, with another young goat trailing the carcass. In the tweet, PETA wrote “Animals don’t need to die for you to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Have a #vegan holiday.”

It didn’t take long for Muslims across the internet to speak out against the post, saying it was riddled with errors.

As many pointed out, it appears PETA confused Eid al-Fitr with a separate holiday, Eid al-Adha.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said PETA employed unnecessary, fear-mongering tactics in its Twitter posting.  

“To use this kind of knee-jerk Islamophobia and to exploit the unfortunately growing Islamophobia in our society is completely inappropriate,” Hooper told HuffPost.

He called on the group to “remove this video and, second, to post an apology or clarification of why they thought this was appropriate when it’s clearly designed to exploit the growing Islamophobia in our nation.”

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