Halloween is a holiday, which originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
And while children in the US and most Western countries celebrate the spooky holiday with parties, candies, and fun activities they share with family and friends, this very same time of the year is a real horror story for millions of children, whose families ritually slaughter pigs in the most barbaric, cruel way. A period when villages are filled with the screams of pigs, being chased to be roped and ruthlessly killed.
Ritual pig slaughter is a hundred-year-old tradition passed from father to son, and is actually perceived as a family-bonding celebration just before Christmas. Most families execute the deed in their village house just once, but a lot of them kill a pig a few weeks before Christmas (around Halloween), and another one on Christmas Eve, or the days just before.
This tradition is so deeply ingrained in Bulgarian culture that if a family doesn’t have a village house, they still want to be part of the Christmas pork-eating fiasco so much, that they actually pay someone to slaughter a pig for them, or take part in the famous ‘rural tourism’, where they can sleep in a village house and take part in massive pig slaughter in the village!
While the trend in Western countries is towards sustainability, the trend in Bulgaria is towards ‘going back to our roots’, which means more ritual slaughter and a rising meat consumption!
Unfortunately, after the Christmas holiday are over, the horror story does not come to an end. Now it’s time for the lambs! Families slaughter lambs for all types of occasions, including child births, Christenings, business openings, ‘for health’, ‘good luck’, and more.
These count up to millions, on top of a rising meat consumption!
Pre-Easter and Pre- St, George’s day (a famous name-day) is another peak period when lambs are being slaughtered, and again mass celebrations are being organized.
They are the only activist group in the region, taking an educational, rather than an aggressive approach towards the issue, and currently they have been doing so with great success!
There are at least 4-5 people, who express genuine interest to convert to veganism after each event. Denitsa then follows up on them, sending materials with recipes, shopping guides, and any other support they may need to change their eating habits.
It’s all happening one step at a time, but this work is crucial for the poor animals from this region of the world, who would otherwise have no voice raised in support for them. If you are wondering why you should care about it – here are some of the FAQ answered for you.
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