SPCAs: Respect animals during Qurbani

2009-11-25 00:00

THE National Council of SPCAs yesterday appealed to Muslims who will be celebrating or participating in Qurbani, which begins on November 27 and in which up to 750 000 animals will be slaughtered, to handle the animals with compassion.

Qurbani is an annual festival and involves the slaughter or sacrifice of animals, including sheep, goats and cows, for religious reasons.

“In the spirit of Islam, we appeal to all who partake in Qurbani that animals are handled with respect and compassion,” said a statement issued by the NSPCA yesterday.

“The monitoring of Qurbani will take place throughout South Africa by most SPCAs.

“This includes manner of transportation and holding of the animals, plus checking premises and facilities. The NSPCA will have monitoring teams at various sites where sacrificial slaughter will take place. The general response from the Muslim community has been accommodating and courteous.”

The NSPCA said it gratefully acknowledges that in some areas, pre-stunning of animals takes place.

“In other areas, there were reports during the previous Qurbani that slaughtering took place “formally” — that is, at abattoirs.”

The NSPCA said it encourages pre-stunning of all animals before slaughter and would like to see this become the norm, not the exception.

“The same standards apply to all types of slaughter — religious, traditional, cultural and tribal.

“Appreciation is also expressed for the growing number of Muslims who choose to donate money ‘in lieu’ of a literal sacrifice.”

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