Qurbani: SPCA to monitor slaughter

2010-11-16 00:00

INSPECTORS of the Pietermaritzburg SPCA have for the past week been monitoring the transportation of animals destined for slaughter as part of the traditional renewal of faith during Qurbani, from November 17 to 19.

It is estimated that about 750 000 animals will be slaughtered throughout South Africa at this time.

Qualified inspectors will visit various areas to monitor the slaughter, particularly at sites where animal welfare problems were witnessed last year. They will be available to help with pre-stunning.

Maureen Vida, public relations officer for the Pietermaritzburg SPCA, said they wish the Muslim community well over the fast, and reiterated that it is not the intention of the SPCA to interfere with a religious ritual.

“Our involvement in this issue is the welfare and humane treatment of animals not only prior to, but also during slaughter, and therefore the SPCA’s sentiments endorse the words of the Holy Qur’an. We appeal to those involved in slaughtering to treat the animals with kindness and compassion and afford them a dignified death.”

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