Sunday, December 31, 2006

Hundreds of Turks injured in Muslim animal sacrifice

IOL reported Hundreds of Turks spent the first day of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha holiday in emergency wards today after stabbing themselves or suffering other injuries while sacrificing startled and agitated animals.

Unfortunately for the meat to be halal they apparently must cut its throat while it is conscious, and I suspect the animals don't care for that.
Muslims sacrifice cows, sheep, goats and bulls during the four-day religious holiday, a ritual commemorating the biblical account of God's provision of a ram for Abraham to sacrifice as he was about to kill his son. They share the meat with friends, family and neighbours and give part of it to the poor.
Part of it. I understood they were to give at least 2/3 of it to the poor.
In Turkey, at least 1,179 people - dubbed "amateur butchers" by the Turkish media - were treated at hospitals across the country, most suffering cuts to their hands and legs.
The holiday occurs every year. Haven't they got the hang of it yet?
Four people were severely injured when they were crushed under the weight of large animals that fell on top of them, it was reported. Another person was hurt when a crane, used to lift an animal, tumbled onto him.

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