Austrian farmer horrified by sheep slaughter in fields
The Local · 16 Sep 2016, 08:28
Published: 16 Sep 2016 08:28 GMT+02:00
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Under Austrian law the killing of sheep has to take place in official slaughterhouses but the sheep in the field in Styria simply had their throats cut and were left to die.
Horrified locals raised the alarm with police, who rushed to the area to stop the massacre and managed to save 52 of the 131 sheep that had been put in the field.
The other 79 had already been slaughtered as part of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Sacrifice Feast, which is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year and considered the holier of the two.
Muslims who can afford it sacrifice their best animals as a symbol of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his only son to God.
The unnamed farmer said he had no idea that was what was going to happen to the sheep he had allowed to graze in his field, and police are now carrying out an investigation over allegations of animal cruelty.
A police spokesman said that it appeared the sheep had been killed without anaesthesia, in accordance with the Muslim tradition of halal slaughtering. The carotid arteries of the animals had been severed in order to thoroughly bleed them dry, since the consumption of blood is forbidden in Islam.
It reportedly took some of the animals several minutes to die, and under Austrian law such killings are only allowed in authorised slaughterhouses which guarantee that anaesthesia is immediately used after cutting the artery of the sheep.
The public killing of animals is also illegal.
Story courtesy of Central European News.