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Hundreds Injured In Eid Animal Sacrifices

From Ireland On-Line:

Hundreds of Turks injured in Muslim animal sacrifice


Hundreds of Turks spent the first day of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha holiday in emergency wards today after stabbing themselves or suffering other injuries while sacrificing startled and agitated animals.

Muslims sacrifice cows, sheep, goats and bulls during the four-day religious holiday, a ritual commemorating the biblical account of God’s provision of a ram for Abraham to sacrifice as he was about to kill his son. They share the meat with friends, family and neighbours and give part of it to the poor.

In Turkey, at least 1,179 people – dubbed "amateur butchers" by the Turkish media – were treated at hospitals across the country, most suffering cuts to their hands and legs.

Four people were severely injured when they were crushed under the weight of large animals that fell on top of them, it was reported. Another person was hurt when a crane, used to lift an animal, tumbled onto him.

Three people suffered heart attacks and died while trying to restrain animals, private CNN-Turk television reported.

Two bulls escaped and caused havoc in the streets of the central Turkish city of Kayseri and in the south-eastern province of Sanliurfa, until they were caught with the help of veterinarians who fired tranquilliser darts.

Turkish authorities have introduced fines for those who slaughter animals outside facilities set up by local municipalities. But many Turks again ignored the rules and sacrificed animals in their backyards or on roadsides.

A little poetic justice at work, perhaps.

They share the meat with friends, family and neighbours and give part of it to the poor.

I’ve always wondered about the sanitary conditions and how many people fall ill from eating meat that has been slaughtered, butchered and distributed "to the poor" in this fashion.

Where is the FDA? And where are the lawyers? And where for the love of Allah is PETA?

One also has to ask if there anything related to the practice of Islam that isn’t drenched in blood?

(This was originally posted by 1sttofight in the "missed news" thread. But I thought it warranted its own thread.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, December 31st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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