Kill kindly, urges SPCA

2007-12-20 00:00

THE national council of the SPCA has appealed to the Moslem community who partake in Qurbani (Eid-Ul-Adha) that animals be handled with compassion during the celebrations that begin today.

The animal lobby group will also monitor the treatment of animals during this period. NSPCA farm-animal unit inspector, Kingstone Siziba, said in a statement that the festival is celebrated annually and involves the slaughter or sacrifice of animals for religious reasons.

He said indications from previous years suggest that an estimated 750 000 animals may be slaughtered in SA over the period and they include sheep, goats and cows.

“The NSPCA appeals to the Moslem community, in the spirit of Islam … that animals are handled with respect and compassion … This includes manner of transportation and holding of the animals … .”

Siziba added that the NSPCA will have monitoring teams in place. He said the general response from the Moslem community has been accommodating and courteous. The SPCA encourages pre-stunning. before slaughter.

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