Guidelines for Local Sacrifice for Eid-ul-AdhaOctober 12, 2013
Montreal, Quebec, October 12th, 2013 - The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) has received many complaints over the past few years regarding the sacrificial slaughter for Eid-ul-Adha, including unreasonable prices, crowded conditions and excessive and unclear regulations.
To help ameliorate the current situation, MCM has recently met with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) and the Federation of Lambs and Sheep Producers (FPAMQ) and is working in collaboration with them to help establish temporary slaughter centres, rules and guidelines to speed up and regulate the procedure for local slaughter.Until such centres and regulations are established, MCM offers the following suggestions for the Montreal Muslim community:
1. To help reduce local demand and prevent the prices of sacrificial animals from increasing drastically, those who are able to are requested to donate their sacrifices this year to a registered charity and have the meat distributed to those in need overseas.
2. If you will be doing your sacrifice locally, please try to form a group of seven to share together in the shares of a cow.
3. Try to purchase your sacrificial animals together as a group, directly from an auction or from Ontario suppliers.
4. Purchase your sacrificial animals from reputed places and if you will be conducting the sacrifice yourself, please ensure that you understand and are following local regulations covering such actions, as well as abiding by the merciful treatment Islam orders for the handling of animals.
5. Ensure that the animal you purchase is healthy and well, before and after the slaughtering.
MCM welcomes any feedback and ideas regarding your experience with local slaughter, as well as any reports of negative experiences.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM)
Ph.: (514) 748-8427
The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) is an umbrella organization representing a number of Islamic institutions in the Montreal region. There are over 325,000 Muslims in Montreal, about 1,300,000 in Canada and 1.9 billion worldwide.