French Muslims fined for illegal lamb slaughter

21st January 2005, Comments 0 comments

MONTPELLIER, France, Jan 21 (AFP) - Police in southern France have handed out a hundred fines and seized the carcasses of some 40 lambs in a crackdown on Muslims illegally slaughtering the animals for the important Islamic feast of Eid al-Adha, officers said Friday.

MONTPELLIER, France, Jan 21 (AFP) - Police in southern France have handed out a hundred fines and seized the carcasses of some 40 lambs in a crackdown on Muslims illegally slaughtering the animals for the important Islamic feast of Eid al-Adha, officers said Friday.

The crackdown on the transport and killing of lambs took place Thursday in regions around the city of Montpellier.

In France, where an estimated five million Muslims live, government-approved abattoirs have to be used for the killing of lambs eaten at for Islamic holy ceremonies.

Individuals who carry out the slaughter themselves, as is often the case in Arab and Muslim countries, risk fines of EUR 135 (USD 177) and the wrath of animal rights campaigners.

Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is the most important festival in the Muslim calendar. It runs for three days.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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