Rabat- Italian authorities arrested a Moroccan resident who tied up his sacrificial sheep in a stroller in a “barbaric” way.
Onlookers in the city of Naples felt uncomfortable after seeing the man handling a sheep during Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice) in a child’s stroller. The sheep was on its back, tied in such a way that its head was cocked, and appeared to be struggling.
A video of the sheep in the stroller, which has circulated on social media, caused Italian media and animal rights activists to condemn the act and describe it as “barbaric” or “cruel.”
The Italian news outlet la Repubblica said the man with the sheep was on his way to Garibaldi Square in Naples to celebrate Eid when he ran into a member of the Naples city council, who was shocked by the manner in which the Moroccan had tied the sheep and asked him to untie it.
When the Moroccan refused, police interfered and arrested him.
Eid al-Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays Muslims celebrate worldwide. The holiday comes on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the month of pilgrimage in which the Hajj takes place.
On Eid, the oldest male in Muslim families slaughter a sheep, goat, or cow, after performing the morning prayers.