Letter: No justification for sheep slaughter

Sir: John Mole (Letters, 1 May) is right in so far as the ritual slaughter of sheep referred to has its basis in a barbarous Old Testament episode with implications for three religions, not just Islam.

What he fails to ask is how any such slaughter can be justified for religious purposes. The Buddha condemned all blood sacrifice outright millennia ago, but it seems that the so-called "religions of the Book" are still in the Dark Ages in such matters.

D W Evans