Descrizione - Animal Equality documented the ritual lamb slaughter on the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ ('Eid al-Adha') or ‘Fiesta Grande’ ('Eid-al-Kebir') in Melilla, Spain. This gruesome slaughter of 6,000 animals was carried out in full view of locals, including children, and animals who were tied up waiting helplessly for their turn.
At half past nine on the morning of 7 November, thousands of faithful Muslims gathered at the courtyard of El Pinar de Melilla to pray. Half an hour later, one of the faithful immobilised a lamb tied to a nearby tree, and slit his throat.
This first bloody death marked the beginning of a series of massacres which took place in the city streets and inner courtyards of houses in both Melilla and Ceuta. It lasted just an hour and took the lives of approximately 6,000 lambs. A further 6 million animals were killed during similar ‘celebrations’ in Morocco.
It has been claimed that the slaughtering of animals in this way leads to little suffering, with some even claiming the animals do no suffer at all. Yet Animal Equality has documented the graphic nature of this killing.
Men are generally responsible for the killing, and children watch with intensity as the animals die before them. During the ritual, Animal Equality noted a disturbing lack of sensitivity and empathy by the children, who were often spitting on the bodies of animals (dead and alive), and playing with the lambs’ heads after they had been severed.
The killing, as shocking as it is, is only a part of the torment that these animals have to endure. Thousands are forced to travel thousands of miles from farms in Murcia, Ciudad Real, Huelva, Extremadura, Malaga and Seville on mainland Spain, to Melilla and Ceuta.