Polish Muslims drop Eid sacrifice

Poland's Mufti Tomasz Miskiewicz said his community was suffering a “witch hunt” as activists protested against halal slaughter near a small wooden mosque in the village.

Polish Muslims drop Eid sacrifice

World Bulletin / News Desk

Muslim community in Poland decided to refrain from the animal sacrifice for the Eid Al Adha holiday amid protests. 

The country’s top Muslim leader, Mufti Tomasz Miskiewicz, said his community was suffering a “witch hunt” as activists protested against halal slaughter near a small wooden mosque in the village, where other Muslims appeared ready to slaughter sheep.

Muslim and Jewish ritual slaughter was banned in overwhelmingly Catholic Poland on January 1 after the Constitutional Court deemed it incompatible with animal rights legislation.

On July 12, lawmakers struck down a government bill that would have reinstated the practice, angering the religious communities, as well as farmers and exporters of meat to Israel and Muslim countries.

Leaders of Poland’s Muslim and Jewish religious minorities argue the ban violates their constitutionally guaranteed religious freedoms, and the Jewish community has asked the top court to rule on the matter.

Last Mod: 17 Ekim 2013, 17:25
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