The city council is scheduled to once again vote on whether to allow residents to slaughter animals at home, in observance of their religious practice.
It has failed to pass once already, but now there is a “compromise” where residents would have to schedule having a city inspector come to their home, to observe whether proper sanitation steps are taken.
Pity the person who has to do this job.
We have said this before: despite a compromise of sorts being reached on whether to allow the practice, home slaughtering still poses a dangerous public health hazard.
We hope city councilmembers think hard on this issue before casting their vote, because Hamtramck can ill afford to allow this practice.
The last thing we need are people slaughtering animals in their backyards.
It’s doubtful any level cleanup would be sufficient. The blood and entrails would get into the soil, creating a toxic, foul-smelling area, that would likely last for weeks.
If there is a need to slaughter an animal, there are facilities you can take it to.
Also, we must consider animal cruelty in this matter. How many people actually know what they are doing to humanely slaughter an animal?
Our guess is few to none.
The whole thing will turn into a bloody debacle.
Posted Jan. 6, 2023