Turkey tackles butchery blunders
As Turks gears up for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, the Government is running courses for the public on how to slaughter animals safely.
The BBC quotes The Daily Sabah newspaper as saying:
Turkey has a bad reputation when it comes to slaughtering animals for the feast because ordinary people attempt to slaughter the sheep and cattle themselves, instead of hiring a professional butcher.
State-run public education centres are now conducting courses ahead of the October 4 festival to end the phenomenon of:
Blundering butchers who often end up in hospital emergency wards when a misplaced blow injures them.
The centres will run 40 courses nationwide, covering slaughter, skinning, removal of internal organs, meat storage, hygiene during slaughter and, not least:
First aid in the event of accidental maiming of the amateur butcher.
The courses will also cover the Islamic rules on selection of the sheep and bulls suitable for slaughter and how to divide the meat – a third is traditionally given to the needy.
The teachers are professional butchers, Islamic scholars and paramedics, who will conduct the lessons in classrooms and “practicals” in licensed slaughterhouses.
Students are told to pay particular attention to handling knives and cleavers properly, as lost fingers feature regularly in the Turkish media. Other frequent causes of urgent hospital visits are poorly-tethered animals
Sensing their impending doom, breaking loose and butting their cleaver-wielding owners.
According to the Occupy for Animals website (warning: horrific images):
Holidays are supposed to be joyous times, but for animals, they are often the worst of times no matter what religion is celebrating the holiday. During the Muslim holy days of Eid al-Adha, millions of animals, including camels, lambs, goats, and cows, had (sic) their throats cut in memory of Abraham’s sacrifice of a sheep.
Camels typically have one of their front legs tied up and their rear legs roped together so they can hardly stand, and their mouths are often tied shut. Surrounded by a throng of onlookers, the terrified camels are held down with ropes while someone plunges a knife into their throat. Braying and thrashing in pain, the camels slowly bleed to death. Thankfully, some Muslims are questioning this practice.
If the way that animals are killed during Eid al-Adha disturbs us, what about the millions of turkeys who are slammed into shackles, dangled upside-down by their fragile legs, and killed when their throats are cut open while the birds are still conscious—just so that they can end up on someone’s Thanksgiving table?
Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate all holiday ‘traditions’ that cause animals to suffer and die.
The author, a Muslim, added:
I read somewhere that the Prophet stated ‘La taqtolu bil-la iza’a’ if you must kill, kill without torture.
I don’t see any concerns among Muslims honoring Prophet’s words. We Muslims are very good in cherry picking things; we choose what suits us and disregard those that hinder our ways of doing things.
I often wonder what if God had asked us to sacrifice our children to make him happy. I doubt any commandment like that would have seen the light of the day.
The issue of animal sacrifice is often debated among Islamic scholars, and opinions are divided.
While most animals are publicly slaughtered for this disgusting annual Islamic blood-fest, the law in the United Kingdom only allows these sacrifices to take place in an official slaughterhouse. In France, too, public slaughter is banned, but it appears that it is tolerated in Spain. Occupy points out:
On the morning of November 7th, 2011 Animal Equality documented the ritual lamb slaughter on the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ (‘Eid al-Adha’) or ‘Fiesta Grande’ (‘Eid-al-Kebir’) in Melilla, Spain.
This gruesome slaughter of 6,000 animals was carried out in full view of locals, including children, and animals who were tied up waiting helplessly for their turn.
This report says that the slaughter again took place in Melilla last year, and we assume it will happen again next month.
Hat tip: Ivan Bailey