Considering Eid al-Adha is celebrated by all Muslims around the world, it’s numerically possible that over 1 Billion lambs were sacrificed on this day alone…
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Hundreds of sheep were slaughtered in the open air by thousands of Muslims gathered on a farm in the Centre-du-Québec for the most important festival in their religious calendar, Monday.
The spirit was festive for Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sheep, a celebration where a lamb is sacrificed as an offering. After cutting the throat of a thousand sheep in a field in the municipality of L’Avenir, near Drummondville, Muslims prepared meat. burning the head and legs with a torch. while they were still alive. The men fraternized, children were playing ball and the women were having discussions amongst themselves. Michel Cloutier, the sheep livestock owner who lives on Ployard way, has however been very discreet. “This allows them to keep their traditions, I’m just here to sell them their sheep,” he said briefly.
The animals were sold in live weight, for a sum that can easily reach $300 or $400 per animal, according to participants. Inspectors from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) and a veterinarian arrived earlier, escorted by the Sûreté du Québec in the early afternoon to check the inventory. It was impossible to know on Monday if the farm was faulted.
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Video courtesy of: Eid ul Adha Qurbani Videos
Chouiter Abdelkader, who practiced veterinary medicine in Algeria for a decade, killed his sheep in the early afternoon.
“Our goal is to get the maximum amount of blood,” because it makes the best meat, he said, while watching the sheep die slowly.
According to him, however, spasms of the animal are not synonymous with suffering. “We cut the nerves in the neck to help lessen the pain. After thirty seconds they are brain dead. It’s normal that the muscles still move,” he explains. Ahmed, who prefers to keep his surname secret, has meanwhile slaughtered three sheep during the day.
One for his own family and two for other individuals who were unable to kill the beast themselves. “It takes a very sharp knife, so that we do not torture the beast,” he said.
He admits that the scene is not easy for everyone to do.” But if we look at the suffering as such, we would all be vegetarians,” he says. Muslims then consume almost all of the animal, but the gesture remains primarily religious.
WHAT IS THE EID AL-ADHA?
On the day of sacrifice, also known as Eid, is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. It symbolizes faith in Allah.
Religious belief tells Ibrahim dreamed for three nights prior, that he would sacrifice his son Ishmael.
By the time he went out to fulfill the will of Allah, by sacrificing his own son, the archangel Gabriel had substituted the child with a sheep, that was then sacrificed in his place.
Since then, Muslims slaughter sheep to symbolize their devotion to their God.