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UPDATE: Animal Sacrifice Reported on Dey Road

Islamic group reportedly sacrificing goats near Dey Farm as part of religious ceremony.

SOUTH BRUNSWICK -- An unidentified Islamic group sacrificed goats as part of a religious ritual Friday morning.

Nearly 100 people from the group were reportedly sacrificing goats on Dey Road near Dey Farms as part of the Eid-Ul-Adha holiday, according to one person in attendance who declined to be identified.

"This is part of a religious holiday, part of which requires an animal sacrifice," said a young male in attendance who declined give his name.

Police were called to the scene by a passing motorist, with intial reports indicating a connection to the occult.

"There is a large penned area with goats inside where people are apparently chasing the goats around with a stick before bringing them around to be slaughtered," said police spokesman Sgt. Jim Ryan. "We're still sorting things out, but it appears to be some kind of religious ceremony."

Sgt. Ryan said the group obtained a permit from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to perform the ceremony. The ASPCA told police that if a permit had been obtained then the group was allowed to perform the ritual. Police said the group is not connected to the Islamic Society of Central Jersey.

"We're working with the Department of Agriculture to determine if this type of activity is allowed," Sgt. Ryan said. 

Eid-Ul-Adha, also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice," commemorates Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael to God, before God intervenes and gives him a ram (sheep) to sacrifice in Ishmael's place, according to www.whyislam.org.

The holiday is one of two major festivals celebrated by over one billion Muslims worldwide. The holiday involves Muslims offering special prayers and sacrificing animals, whose meat is then distributed to the poor and the needy, according to www.whyislam.org.

Sgt. Ryan said the group had performed the ritual at the location on Dey Road for the previous three years. The ritual involves people paying to kill a goat before bringing it home to be prepared in a certain way. It was not immediately clear how many goats were slaughtered.

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Yianni October 26, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I think if the headline was Eid Celebration on Dey Road three people would have commented on the article.
alliemichelle October 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Tom, you mean people can't pray anywhere, even in school? Praying is an act between an individual and God. Last time I prayed, I did so without bothering anyone else or making it a show... and no one was harmed with the act being respectful of others who may not care to watch or participate in my ritual. Prayer is not banned in public school, it's just no longer a requirement that all students participate or observe it. I'm quite sure religious schools are allowed to hold mass prayers, however.
Sophia Metwally October 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Refresh your page!
alliemichelle October 26, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Hey Fat Dave, if you want chicken that's been tortured, you can just run on over to KFC. They've been using unethical chicken farms for years. I live near many chicken farms, and if most folks who are commenting about "torture" knew how they were raised, jammed into cages, trucked off in conditions that are beyond comprehension, and then killed, we wouldn't eat a lot of chicken. Turkeys? Oh, that's even worse. How funny some of you guys are to point fingers when in fact, we could seriously improve the manner in which we raise and slaughter our for-food livestock. ...and I'm a meat eater. So these people have attached religious significance to the kill. Big deal. It wasn't torture...and again, I remind you that Kosher kills are just as bad, if not worse. Look into Kosher meat. Big business.
Sophia Metwally October 26, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Davy -- I've met you before and you seem like a great reporter but the title of this article was not fair or great reporting at all! Please be careful with the words you choose -- it has a serious impact on people.

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