The City of Brussels, in cooperation with the Advisory Council of Mosques, will set up a temporary slaughterhouse on the occasion of Eid, celebrated by the Muslim community on October 4th. This statement was made by the Deputy Mayor of Public Affairs in a press release issued on Friday. Six hundred sheep will be slaughtered and residents from Brussels, Saint-Josse and Evere are welcome to attend. A hall will also be made available to the Muslim community.
Citizens must register in advance and pay a fee of 15 euros. The municipality will then issue one transport and slaughter permit per family, which they will present upon arrival at the site along with the sacrificial animal. Registrations will be from September 25 to October 2 at the administrative center of the city of Brussels or liaison office in Laeken.
A fifty person cleaning crew, veterinarians, the Red Cross, police and “priests” will be mobilized between 08:00 and 16:30.
The Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) is celebrated every year by the Muslim community worldwide. It is an important religious holiday but is also of social and cultural importance.
Lorraine Thomson (Source: Belga)