In 2008 the slaughterhouse of Dunkirk was closed down, making the ritual sacrifice of Eid difficult for the Muslim community. This year, for lack of a satisfactory solution, the Muslim council of Dunkirk called on Muslims not to celebrate the religious rite on Saturday. "But this won't last forever," according to the leaders.

Nobody dares say that until last year, there was tolerance towards Muslims who practiced ritual sacrifice clandestinely, but examples are not lacking. The local council installed bins in the parking lots of the old slaughterhouse for the disposal of carcasses and skins.

Subprefect Bernard Dujardin hosted a meeting on the subject in early October with representatives from the local council and the Muslim council. He says that ritual slaughter can only take place in approved slaughterhouses for health and environmental reasons, that has been the rule for a while.

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