Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ethnic slaughter draws fine

Abdalssamia Ali of Hamilton has been fined $6,125 for running a slaughter operation without a licence.

There were about 40 people involved in slaughtering about 30 sheep at the farm when inspectors for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs arrived last August.

Ali admitted to running the operation without an inspector or licence.

I recall befriending a refugee, a single mother, from Africa who asked me to take her to a special store in Kitchener where she and many other refugees could buy sheep at reasonable prices.

She said they could also buy a live sheep and attend slaughter at a farm south of Cambridge, which would be consistent with the location for this conviction.

That was about 15 years ago and I informed OMAFRA meat inspectors at the time, but could only supply information about the Kitchener store location.