PRINCETON, N.C. -- A North Carolina farmer who has long sold lambs and goats to Muslims for holiday sacrifices has been barred by the state from hosting the slaughters.
Eddie Rowe, who for the past six years has sold lambs and goats to Muslim families on the first day of Eid al-Adha -- which translates as "festival of sacrifice" -- and allowed them to conduct the ceremonial slaughters at his farm, was told by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that the practice created an unsanitary and illegal slaughter facility on his property, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
The department issued a restraining order barring Rowe from allowing the animals to be killed at his farm.
The farmer told the newspaper he refunded money from families that paid for their animal in advance, while others took their purchases to private locations for the killings -- a practice state officials said falls into a legal gray area and wouldn't result in prosecutions.
Some of Rowe's customers said they might lobby the state to allow the farm to host the rituals next year.
"I think we will have to go to the governor," customer Muhammad Mannan told the Times.
Copyright © 2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.