Michigan Town OKs Islamic Animal Sacrifices

A knacker dismembers a sheep, 05 March 2001 at a slaughterhouse in Valenciennes, northern France, for the Muslim Eid al-Adha feast. Tests on sheep of British origin slaughtered in France came back positive from laboratories, revealing foot-and-mouth disease antibodies, France's Agriculture Minister Jean Glavany said Sunday.    AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS LO PRESTI (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP) (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Residents of a Detroit-area community with a large Muslim population can sacrifice animals at home for religious reasons.
  • The Hamtramck City Council explicitly approved the practice, 3-2, Tuesday, another step in recognizing a cultural shift in a city whose 20th century history was shaped by Polish immigrants.
  • Muslims often slaughter animals, typically goats or sheep, or pay someone to do it for them during the holy holiday of Eid al-Adha. Meat is shared with family, friends and the poor.
  • The Hamtramck council in December had voted to continue a ban on animal slaughter but reversed course, at least for religious reasons, after legal advice and objections from people who follow the Islamic faith, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Top News Stories