What a propensity ending into a kill for the sake of rejoicing?. Further worse it seems to be to fondly handle the victim with love and caressing before mercilessly killing it. What a message it carries and for whom it is directed?. Looks like Mahatma Budha, Mahabir Swami and Jesus Christ never lived on this planet called Earth, or if they did, theirs was a message in vain getting transformed into a nullity. Who bothers about them and their messages on non-violence?. Only a few days back there was Durgashtami, a festival to worship Maa Durga and Maa Kali. Kali is known as a killer Goddess but her worshippers perceive it as a cause as she kills the demons and satans. I have seen worshippers sacrificing a goat offering it to Kali, the Goddess, to appease Her. There is another practice where a devotee carries the goat on his shoulders and then on reaching the temple he pierces open both the lower and upper jaws of the goat with a forceful jerk killing her on the spot. This is more a sort of displaying chivalry than the worship and the man concerned is given an applause for his performance. It was Bakrid only the other day and thousands of goats in multitudes might have been mercilessly slaughtered and butchered throughout the world. If this sort of practice is service to God what else is the cruelty? What is more difficult to comprehend is the practice of offering love and caressing to the victim goat and decorate her in multi colours with the belief that it satisfies the God more. What is the message? Kill a goat but this should be preceded by lot of love offered to it. Love and kill –what a conviction? There are messiahs of love preaching non-violence and love to animals too besides humans. Where are they? Or theirs are the artificial preachings only with nothing to do with care and concern for the fellow live beings on earth and none bothers about them. As has been the practice on this planet called Earth, killers are not the ones to refrain from committing cruel acts but what is more sad an aspect is that what compels them to do it in the name of love for God who is worshipped by the crowds as the kind One for all. Act of cruelty in conjunction with the love is further worse. Love and cruelty are the two opposite ends of a practice, just an antonym to each other, and combining them together only sounds as blowing hot and cold in the same breath.