On the chopping block

sooq-newThis is how live chicken are sold in the old part of Manama, the Bahrain capital. Though this is visibly cruel method is not common, there are times when these small-time ‘weekend sellers’ make a quick buck bring in fresh stock from the country’s farms. What is worse is that many a times, buyers also get the birds slaughtered, for which the seller happily obliges – for a small fee.
The govenment’s public health authorities have often taken cognisance of such activities, in the bargain heavily fining the traders as well as confiscating their goods but they keep coming back on the sly.
What defies imagination is that the so-called animal rights activists are nowhere to be seen to report such violators while, at the same time, they are always adorning newspaper pages asking for charity to support their cause!

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