There was an admonishment we heard all too much when growing up, and it went something like this:
“Just because you can do it, doesn’t make it right.”
We mention this in light of the recent decision to allow home animal sacrifices for religious reasons.
The city council and mayor said they are allowing the practice on the advice of the city attorney.
He is basing his advice on a 1993 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the practice is protected under the First Amendment.
But there are some who say the Supreme Court decision does not rule out the right of a community to set regulations on the practice, such as, for example, not allowing animal slaughtering in homes or backyards.
We’re not even sure why this issue came up, and then continued to drag on and on for several months.
It’s an issue that has divided the community, and has made headlines nationally.
We understand that some of the Muslim faith wish to practice this religious observance, and do so just once a year.
But the court ruling, as so interpreted, also allows anyone with any particular religious belief – no matter how off the wall it may seem to some — to slaughter animals as much as they like.
You’d think those seeking to do this would have enough common sense to realize what a huge sanitary concern this practice raises.
As we all know, Hamtramck is a densely-packed community, with houses typically just a few feet apart and with mostly small yards.
You’d think not only would people have enough sense to know there will be real issues of the disposal of animal waste, but also concern that neighbors and kids will witness the cutting of a goat’s throat or dismemberment of its carcass.
You’d think common sense would dictate that, just because you have a right to do something, there is a time and place for everything, and performing backyard and home slaughtering in a small urban community is not the time or place.
A PETA spokesperson was recently asked by a media outlet about this practice, and her point should be considered: Is there really a need, in modern times, to do this?
And think of this: animal slaughter by amateurs will certainly result in animal cruelty.
Again, why exactly did this issue come up?
Posted Jan. 20, 2023