In Bloomfield, Connecticut, a young cow was slaughtered on Friday in plain view of shocked onlookers by an employee of a halal butcher shop after the animal escaped and ran into the parking lot of a Home Depot store.
According to NbcNews, the cow escaped from the Saba Live Poultry and crossed the street heading to the Home Depot parking lot. A police officer had been driving past the store when he saw the butcher shop employees running and chasing the cow. When the officer stopped to assist, in what he thought would be the capture of the animal covered in feces, he called for backup. The officer thought the workers were corralling the cow to take her back to the store, but the situation quickly became more disturbing; one of the employees used a crossbow to try and kill the frightened bovine.
“…as the cow ran towards employee Andy Morrison shot at the cow however he missed and the arrow struck the wall of the Home Depot.”
When three other employees finally reached the cow, presumably thought by authorities to be restraining it with a rope or a leash, one of the shop employees slashed the cow’s neck in a single cut; an approved method of slaughter followed by the Islamic religion.
The laws in Connecticut state approved methods of killing livestock include,
“a cutting stroke to be administered quickly and efficiently with no excitement of discomfort…” however the killing must be administered in a closed pen or harness in order to minimize distress or pain to the animal.
The shop had not been given approvals to expand their business as was reported. The disturbing incident prompted local, state, and federal agencies to investigate. Since then, the business has since been closed for various violations. The U.S Department of Agriculture continues to investigate.
The employee, Badr Musaed, 39, who killed the cow, has been cited for creating a public nuisance. Animal Control officers are considering charging him with animal cruelty.
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