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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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Sophia Metwally October 26, 2012 at 07:36 PM
With all due respect "Rev." Billybob Camp...you are incorrect. Muslims 100% believe in Jesus Christ.
Sophia Metwally October 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Yeah that's not savage at all!!!!
Sophia Metwally October 26, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Here's a tip for you Brenda...how about you keep your dumb mouth shut and let everyone do what our freedoms in this country allow us to do???
Gus October 26, 2012 at 07:40 PM
What? Do these butchers have a different set of scriptures? Abraham almost sacrificed Issac, not Ishmael.
Virginia Cifelli October 26, 2012 at 07:42 PM
It's not torture to kill an animal for meat consumption...what do you say about deer or bear hunters!!! A knife is not ok but a rifle is?
DJ October 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Hey Rev., That's fine if you believe that. Ignorant, but fine. But where in the Constitution or in State law does it say that these folks should not be able to practice their religion as you choose to practice yours? Last I checked, this country is a secular nation, not the Vatican.
Virginia Cifelli October 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Muslims do not agree with that -- they believe Hagar was also his wife and it was in fact, Ishmael that was to be sacrificed when God deflected his hand. In its stead, God instructed him to sacrifice the lamb. That is a Muslim fact.
DJ October 26, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Soooo...eating an already slain chicken, cow, fish, or pig is ok? Have you ever caught a fish and eaten it? There are many many millions of people around the world who still kill their own livestock for food. I don't see all of them becoming serial killers, do you?
Yianni October 26, 2012 at 07:48 PM
"Animal sacrifice ritual," really thats the headline? Wow! This is a poorly reported story, Davey James should be extremely ashamed of himself for writing it in such a biased manner. He is clearly trying to to raise hate towards Muslims. Why? First lets realize that these goats exist on a farm solely so someone can buy and eat them. Second they arent being tortured, I'm pretty sure being chased around with a stick is commonly called herding. Finally, they are probably being killed and bled out using the same techniques as kosher animals, the way some religions believe God intended. There are some really dumb people commenting here.
Virginia Cifelli October 26, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Killing an animal to eat fresh meat and buying a "killed" frozen turkey are in fact, the same. You are eating an animal that was killed! It's the media that chooses specific words to make you think racist thoughts like "strange". I think Christians are strange for eating disgusting pigs!
Virginia Cifelli October 26, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Thanks God for Democrats!
Fat Dave October 26, 2012 at 07:49 PM
where are all the comments?
Virginia Cifelli October 26, 2012 at 07:51 PM
So you are comparing Muslims to Jeffrey Dahmer? That has to be the most ignorant comment on this thread. You are the BIGGEST coward who is unable to put a real name to your ignorant comments. I dare you to type your REAL NAME you bigot.
DJ October 26, 2012 at 07:51 PM
d, i agree that people should see that. if they are turned off by that, become vegetarian or vegan. as for me, i've seen it and i'm ok with it. i like eating meat, i know where it comes from, if available to me, i won't waste 1/2 a carcass because it's not deemed to be "nice" enough to be sold in stores.
Fat Dave October 26, 2012 at 07:52 PM
It is the Muslim Festival of Sacrifice...just sayin!
garypeter October 26, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Perhaps it's me, but I don't see any difference in doing what they are doing and, as per tradition, giving the meat to poorer people, as the law dictates. We eat lamb on Easter, yet someone else slaughters it. What's the difference? At least they give the meat to the hungry. We just show down and ask for more mint jelly for our 'Pascal Lamb.' There are also laws, like in Judaism, on how an animal is to be sacrificed, in a way that causes the least amount of distress to the animal, unlike we, who buy meat, knowing the conditions of the slaughter houses throughout the USA, which we all know are terrible. So, a goat is killed and the meat is eaten. Is this different from killing a deer and eating it? If they had license to do so, for, as so many AMericans are screaming about these says, their right to religion, I see no problem in what they were/are doing. America needs to be a bit, including myself, as I am an American, a Roman Catholic American, introspective and begin to look at our own behaviors before seeking out others to condemn. Remember...'ye who hast not sinned, cast the first stone'...yet we Americans have no problem casting stones, and condemning others, while totally blowing off our own transgressions. Always looking for an out, we are, and it's not a pretty sight.
Virginia Cifelli October 26, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Oh so now you are calling our police department corrupt? That they make special concessions for Muslims? HAHAHAHA -- we have undercover FBI with us everyday -- what do you have?? The pigs are there -- the farm is called Gordon Dey Farm: 215 Dey Road. The grosses thing I ever saw -- pigs being slaughtered!!
Virginia Cifelli October 26, 2012 at 07:56 PM
How ignorant do you have to be to believe that Muslims are "imported" -- this is not your country. As I recall, I sang, "This land is my land, this land is your land..." and so you need to get the hell out!
Virginia Cifelli October 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Thanks Turkey, er Tom. I'll be sure to come there with my friends so I can get first rate ignorance from a jerkie like you.
alliemichelle October 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I can't even imagine it's an issue. Most people are meat eaters and some of the conditions animals for meat are raised in, are appalling. So is their death. You don't want to know what goes on in slaughter houses, my friend. So these people kill the animal in a religious ritual...and the meat is consumed. I cannot see that it's a huge issue. The animal suffers no more than Kosher kills. Look into how animals are killed when Kosher rituals are observed. Personally, I'm not a religionist of any type, but if the animal is not truly tortured, and not raised in abusive conditions, why is this an issue? The meat is not wasted, it is eaten.
Fat Dave October 26, 2012 at 08:03 PM
B-Cat is a little over the top!
Ahmed October 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I am a Muslim and I was there today. We sacrifice to honor our Prophet Ibrahim's (Abraham) test by God to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail (Ishmael). This is stated in our book the Quran (Koran), not the Bible. We are not violently tortuing the animals. In our law ( the Shariah) the animal can't see the knife and is killed quickly with one swipe of a knife. I know this because I did it and the animal died quickly. If you don't like Islam, then fine but that doesn't mean you can condemn our practices as cruel because yo guys do the same things to hunt by shooting and most if the time the animal survives and is feeling pain. So look at yourselves first b4 correcting us, because I know what we are doing as Muslims to please our God.
Virginia Cifelli October 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Dear Gus...the Qu'ran cited Ishamel. The Bible cites Isaac. You believe what you want to believe and we'll believe what we want to believe. Thanks.
Virginia Cifelli October 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Thank you Yianni...I was starting to think I needed to move out of this town to live with intelligent folks.
alliemichelle October 26, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Tom, there is a meat processing facility by my home. It processes wild kills, such as dear and bear. I can promise you, bow hunting is about as ugly as letting an animal bleed out by slitting its throat. In fact, sometimes, the hunters miss. Not pretty. So when you use an example of "Christians chopping" up meat, to juxtapose to the Muslims who rather humanely kill these animals and consume them, it just seems a little dishonest. Hunting is legal here. Farms where owners kill their own livestock is legal. Why is this such an issue? Because there is religious significance? It is true, US christians don't kill animals for sacrifice, but in the "holy land" there are christian sects that do still practice sacrifical killing of animals (goats). It still goes on outside of the Muslim religion.
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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