A man slaughtered sheep in the Muslim halal way on a neglected farm in Lower Bavaria. He is now being investigated for violating the Animal Welfare Act, as the police announced on Friday. The 64-year-old had slaughtered a sheep on the “dilapidated” farm in Neuhaus am Inn (Passau district) for the month of Ramadan – in other words, slaughtered it without anaesthesia. During a check, officers found the disembowelled animal, various knives, sharpening tools and butchering utensils. Slaughtering in the Muslim halal way is forbidden in Germany, but can be authorised for religious purposes. Strict hygiene requirements must be met for this.
Because the man had already slaughtered sheep last year, according to the police, the officers checked him on Thursday. The police and the veterinary office then took 55 other sheep and two lambs that the man kept on the farm away from the property.