After Germany's halal meat slaughter ban, Muslims head to Poland for Eid feasts

After Germany's halal meat slaughter ban, Muslims head to Poland for Eid feasts
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11 July, 2022
With Germany banning the slaughtering of animals without electrocuting them first, effectively making halal meat illegal, German Muslims this year celebrated Eid Al Adha with meat from Poland
After France, Germany hosts the second largest Muslim population in Europe [Getty]

German butchers have resorted to importing halal meat for Eid Al-Adha in Poland after authorities in Berlin banned an integral process of slaughtering meat in a way that makes it religiously permissible for Muslims to eat.

In Germany, slaughtering meat without electrocution is illegal, which effectively bans the domestic production of halal meat. German Muslims have resorted to neighbouring Poland to stock up on halal animal produce.

Butcher Batal Turkman told Anadolu Agency that he slaughtered 100 lambs on a farm in Poland for German Muslims who are not allowed to carry out the sacrifice themselves without either breaking local, or religious laws.

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Transporting meat from Poland to Germany has been difficult, he said, but the joy of delivering meat to its owners makes up for it.

As with the vast majority of European countries, the German government does not recognise Eid Al-Adha as a formal holiday, leaving many Muslims to continue with work and school during the four days of Eid.

After France, Germany hosts the second-largest Muslim population in Europe with some 4.7 million Muslims in the country, the majority of which are of Turkish origin.