Amateur slaughterers are often injured on the job. Should slaughtering be left to the professionals?
The annual Hajj pilgrimage, on which we wrote about efforts to make it more green, has also become an event in which animals are being slaughtered inhumanely for the accompanying Ein al-Adha or the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice holiday. This form of ritual slaughtering is also becoming an issue by animal rights activists. An attempt at slaughtering a cow went wrong this year as a Gazan animal took revenge by killing the man about to slaughter it.
What happened in Gaza may be happening in other parts of the Muslim world as well; and we welcome other stories of similar occurrences. Perhaps these examples could result in more humane treatment of animals being sent to be slaughtered for both festive and daily consumption.
The large numbers of animals that are slaughtered for the four-day Eid al Adha holiday feasting and the frenzy in which many of these animals are slaughtered resulted in a tragic incident in the Palestinian territory of Gaza in which a panicking cow killed a man who was trying to slaughter it on Saturday for the Eid al Sdha feast.
The article reported by AP went on to say that a Gaza health official, Asraf al-Kidra said that around 150 people had been wounded by either knife wounds or by the animals themselves during the slaughtering process. Al-Kidra added that the main reason this was happening was that people who had purchased live animals for the feast had attempted to slaughter the animals themselves instead of letting professional ritual slaughterers do the job for them.
Although countries like Holland are speaking out against ritual slaughtering of animals, according the Jewish Kashrut or Muslim Hallal methods of religious animal slaughter, if conducted properly this method of slaughtering animals for food is said to be humane if done by people who are trained properly.
In the Gaza case, much of the animal slaughter appears to have been done by ordinary people who try to slaughter the animals themselves. On a day to day basis, the process of slaughtering animals for food, even by so-called professional slaughterhouses, has often been criticized for mistreating and even abusing animals brought there to be “processed” into meat products.
The entire meat processing industry needs more inspection and control as meat is often contaminated by animal feces and meat contaminants.
Read more meat and man:
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Hollands Proposed Ban on Ritual Slaughter Affects Jews and Muslims
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