Letter: Ritual slaughter by Christians

John Mole
Tuesday 30 April 1996 23:02

Sir: Muslims are not the only Europeans who slit the throats of lambs for religious festivals ("British sheep sent to horrific killing ground", 29 April). Many more are slaughtered this way for Greek Easter. Where are the horror stories then?

For an RSPCA inspector to say that "the lack of bleating is indicative of suffering" is ludicrously anthropomorphic. I have helped to kill neighbours' sheep in Greece. It is painless and humane. The animal does not struggle. It drifts off as if under an anaesthetic. The rest of the flock graze happily a few feet away.

This is not the point. What sends shivers down spines is the word Muslim. Your article was more about racism than animal welfare.

John Mole

London SE24

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