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The big beef
by David Gonczol
Food activists are not the only ones affected by limits on the movement of meat. There are implications for religious groups as well.
On Nov. 27 several dozen Muslims gathered at Black's Fallowfield Road farm for the ritual slaughter of lambs as part of the Muslim festival of Eid Al Adha. For more than 20 years, Black has been raising sheep for the annual slaughter. In years past, customers have had the choice of slaughtering the lambs on the property or taking them home for the kill. Black says he doesn't do any of the killing and doesn't make a profit from providing the lambs to Muslims.
This year was a bit different. Concerned about what he had learned from Tijssen, Black met with his Muslim clients ahead of time to explain he could not allow them to take live lambs off the property.
"They couldn't believe this kind of stuff was happening in Canada," Black says. "They said, 'We thought we had this freedom.'"
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