Polish Muslims drop Eid sacrifice amid protests, halal ban

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Poland's Muslim community decided on Tuesday to refrain from the ancient tradition of animal sacrifice for the Eid al-Adha holiday amid protests by animal rights activists and a controversial ban on halal slaughter.

“For the first time in hundreds of years, there was no ritual slaughter here today for the Eid feast,” Michal Adamowicz, a spokesman for the community, said Tuesday in the Muslim Tatar village of Bohoniki, eastern Poland.

The country's top Muslim leader, Mufti Tomasz Miskiewicz, said his community was suffering a “witch hunt” as activists protested against halal slaughter near a small wooden mosque in the village, where other Muslims appeared ready to slaughter sheep.

Several hundred descendants of Muslim Tatars, who arrived in Poland three centuries ago, live in the area.

Muslim and Jewish ritual slaughter was banned in overwhelmingly Catholic Poland on January 1 after the Constitutional Court deemed it incompatible with animal rights legislation.

Written By: AFP
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  1. Jews still have this weird ceremony of spinning a chicken by its feet in the air on a cord then slaughtering it. The theory is the chicken is a scapegoat and absorbs sins.

    Christians have given up burnt offerings and stoning adulterers. Obviously they can change when pressed.

    The original Kosher and Halal rules of slaughter were intended to be humane relative to the standards of the day. However religious rigidity clung to them even when better still ways were found. So that Kosher and Halal are now championing cruelty, the very opposite of the original intent.

  2. Here we have an AFP piece (not, one ought to be able to presume, supposed to be an editorial) appearing in a Pakistani publication. The leaning is clear. Setting up a false dichotomy:

    “Muslim and Jewish ritual slaughter was banned in overwhelmingly Catholic Poland on January 1.”

    The banning has nothing whatsoever to do with Polish Catholicism and everything to do with animal rights. So, what’s with the leering insinuation?

    More stealth editorializing:

    “Administration Minister Michal Boni, a close ally of centrist Prime Minister Donald Tusk, urged ‘respect for the needs of religious communities during religious holidays’. But the agriculture ministry issued a dry statement that by law animals must be stunned before being slaughtered on licenced premises.”

    The statement is neither “dry”, “wet”, red, white or blue. It’s exactly the tone a statement from an agriculture ministry would have regardless the issue or who is being addressed including witches who are being hunted.

    • In reply to #2 by godsbuster:

      Here we have an AFP piece (not, one ought to be able to presume, supposed to be an editorial) appearing in a Pakistani publication. The leaning is clear. Setting up a false dichotomy:

      “Muslim and Jewish ritual slaughter was banned in overwhelmingly Catholic Poland on January 1.”

      The banning has n…

      They’re being dragged kicking and screaming into a more recent century anyway, though not necessarily the 21st. At some stage more humane practices have to be be adopted.

    • In reply to #2 by godsbuster:

      Here we have an AFP piece (not, one ought to be able to presume, supposed to be an editorial) appearing in a Pakistani publication. The leaning is clear. Setting up a false dichotomy:

      “Muslim and Jewish ritual slaughter was banned in overwhelmingly Catholic Poland on January 1.”

      The banning has n…

      Witches being hunted- WTF? Early morning, still struggling into wakefulness, then this comment? pffft.

      • In reply to #6 by Billy Joe:

        In reply to #2 by godsbuster:

        Witches being hunted- WTF? Early morning, still struggling into wakefulness, then this comment? pffft.

        Yes, startling isn’t it? But what you actually assumed to be a man is in fact a witch! Do you see the vertical gold stripes running along the hem and around his collar? The black brimless headgear (the telescopic conical pointed tip withdrawn to not raise suspicion)?

        There was a time when his authority would have been absolute – breached upon pain of death! But not anymore. See the foam tipped tubes those people are brandishing at him, the apparatus on the man’s shoulder? Those are witch zappers, hoovering up his every word to be broadcast for world wide ridicule.

  3. The slightest questioning or criticism of religion, even of its most cruel and barbaric practices is too often met with howls of anguish; emotional blackmail perhaps? After all, guilt is all part of religion’s bag of tricks.

    There’s an old maxim: beat a child once a day. If you don’t know what its done wrong, it will.

    Oh, and remind me of who it was that used to conduct witch hunts; ah yes, now I remember.

  4. we are a better more compassionate generation we’re kinder to animals we have moved on. Many religious people enjoy modern tolerance such as the right for one the believe in whatever they wish when it suits them while continuing to practice old-fashioned in humane cruelty on defenceless animals.

    • In reply to #8 by justinesaracen:

      What kind of sadistic deity demands that you slaughter an animal slowly to show that you love Him?

      The same one that knows when a single sparrow falls to the ground, apparently…

  5. An encouraging bit of news. My view has always been that our legally imposed standards for humane slaughter should apply in all decent civilized countries.

    No exceptions, especially for the sake of supplication to imaginary deities!

  6. If only “overwhelmingly Catholic Poland”, and other countries, would address the astonishing barbarism of Jewish circumcision, or to phrase it differently, ritual mutilation of the genitals.

  7. I’m really sorry to inform you that information above is not accurate. In all polish newspapers mufti confirmed that he sacrificed one sheep. He said that he was aware that it breaks polish law. He did it to challenge Constitution Court ruling. In his opinion Constitution guarantees freedom to practice religion and is above animal rights legislation. Recently polish Catholic Church has given support to mufti. Once again we can see that all religion when they under threat can support each other.

    • In reply to #14 by rafkol:

      In all polish newspapers mufti confirmed that he sacrificed one sheep. He said that he was aware that it breaks polish law. He did it to challenge Constitution Court ruling. In his opinion Constitution guarantees freedom to practice religion and is above animal rights legislation.

      Oh! well! The religious “get-out-of-law-free card is being played.
      If the constitution guarantees freedom to practice religion overriding the law of the land, they can carry on beheading apostates with impunity! -
      Or is this just his opinion when looking through “faith-brain interpretations” of legal documents?

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