Eid sheep slaughters get city all-clear

2014-10-06 00:00

MUSLIMS in Durban yesterday celebrated Eid Al-Adha.

As part of the annual festival, Muslims are expected to slaughter livestock of which a third goes to their family, a third to friends and another third to the poor.

Musgrave councillor Jethro Lefevre — who counts a large and growing Muslim community within his ward — said provided permission was granted by the city health department and the SPCA was aware, the slaughter could take place.

“I had a number of calls by Muslim residents asking how to proceed in gaining permission. It is enshrined in our Constitution that religious practices are protected, “ said Lefevre.

He said judging on the “lack of complaints” received, residents had a level of “religious tolerance”.

While Durban public health bylaws clearly state that “no person shall slaughter or cause or permit to be slaughtered any animal or bird”, city officials admitted that for religious or traditional ceremonies such permission can be granted.

But one Berea resident, a vegetarian atheist who asked not to be named, said she saw a ram “charging down Currie Road” on Saturday with three men in pursuit.

“I would never have thought that living in Durban I would see such a thing. Yesterday I was woken up to the squealing of a sheep.

“I watched three sheep have their throats slit,” she said.

According to the Metro Police they had attended to “several complaints” by residents concerning the slaughters but that all of them had been declared “all clear”.

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