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.

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