OK for ri­tual slaugh­ter

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

SOUTH Africans can per­form ri­tual an­i­mal slaugh­ters in ur­ban ar­eas as long as they re­spect ba­sic hy­giene and city or­di­nances. The na­tional cul­tural rights com­mis­sion’s rul­ing came af­ter an­i­mal rights ac­tivists chal­lenged the tra­di­tional ri­tual of slaugh­ter­ing cat­tle to com­mu­ni­cate with God and the an­ces­tors for bless­ings, pro­tec­tion or heal­ing. Such rit­u­als are com­mon in ru­ral ar­eas but have mi­grated to cities as the ur­ban pop­u­la­tion has grown, said Wes­ley Mabuza, head of the Com­mis­sion on the Rights of Cul­ture and Re­li­gion.

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