Famous music composer Mikis Theodorakis made an intervention ahead of the Greek Orthodox Easter and described the tradition of roasting lamb as a ‘national shame.” In a blog post, 93-year-old Theodorakis said the tradition was “barbaric” and needs to be stopped.
“Easter is coming again. The days of the massacre of innocent animals are approaching for the sake of a barbaric custom that ought to have been extincted long ago,” he writes
Referring to the recent incidents of animal abuse that have triggered outrage, he notes that “such horror incidents should not happen, human beings especially young people should not commit them.”
Critizing the state as Inadequate and often completely absent,” Theodorakis underlines the need of education on this matter “since the early childhood” and speaks of a “society decay.”
He describes the thousands of animal volunteers as “patriots” for spending time and own resources for the animals.
Stressing one should speak about the slaughterhouses and the experiments on animals, he concludes, “it is time to stop pretending we know nothing about such issues, it is time to stop being ashamed for being human beings.”
Theodorakis’ call to stop the Easter lamb tradition caused strong reactions among breeders and butchers. They told media , Theodorakis should tell them how they should financially come along if the tradition would be over.
Thousands of lambs and young goats are being slaughtered every year to meet Easter demands, as the meat roasted on open fire is an Easter Must fro Greeks together with Easter Eggs and Easter Bread Tsoureki.
What do you think? Should Greeks abolish their Easter Lamb tradition out of respect to animals?