29 March 1999
UK police probe illegal slaughter…
POLICE and inspectors from the Royal Society for the Protection from Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) are investigating the alleged illegal slaughter of sheep at a farm near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
The RSPCA was called to the barn at Brindley Ford, where inspectors discovered the carcasses of a dozen sheep and numerous chickens in what appears to be ritual sacrifice to mark the Eid el Kebir Islamic festival.
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Agriculture issued a directive specifically banning the ritual slaughter other than at licensed abattoirs.
- The Times 29/03/02/99 page 13