Agony, the worst being agony of death, natural or the one caused by killing, is an agony for all, be they humans or be they animals. None has any control over natural deaths, but killing is a category very much in the hands of the killers, which can be avoided, if they so opt. It is not done, rather it is permitted in certain religions to be rejoiced as a great festivity. All over the world, Hindus do it to please the Goddess Durga, and Muslims resort to it to satisfy the will of their God, the Allah. Only a few days back, there was Durga Puja on the 23rd October followed by Bakrid (Eid-Al-Adha) on the 26th of this month. Both these great festivals are observed for several days at a stretch with sumptuous rejoicings. The Hindus have a faith that Goddess Durga feels appeased if the goats and buffaloes are sacrificed in front of her statue. Muslims have a different story. Their Prophet Ibrahim felt like he received a command from the God (Allah) to offer Him the sacrifice of something he loved most in the world. He selected his son Ismail for the purpose. The God felt satisfied with his decision and directed him to sacrifice a goat instead of his son. The festival Eid-Al-Adha is observed to honour Prophet Ibrahim’s great will for his readiness to sacrifice his son to the God. Millions and millions of goats, sheep, cows, buffaloes, bulls and camels might have been sacrificed on this day throughout the world. I, as one, do convey my Durga Puja greetings and ‘Eid Mubark’ to all every where so far as honouring the Goddess Durga and Prophet Ibrahim’s will is concerned, but the great pinch and agony I am undergoing with the thought of killings of animals at a massive scale are un-erasable from my mind. I only wish if the humans could put themselves in the position of the animals so sacrificed to realise the pain and the agony they undergo, or else instead they could offer themselves as a sacrifice to please their Deities in a bigger measure.