Happy Eid al-Adha! A Guide to Where Not to Buy Halal Meat (NSFV - Not Suitable for Vegetarians)
Keeping an eye on Eid ul-Fitr Eid ul-Fitr Eid al-Adha! Last night marked the beginning of Eid, the three-day festival celebrating the end of the Ramadan month of fasting in the Muslim world celebrating the end of Hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca.
We stopped by our local halal market last night, the Fertile Crescent, to buy some chicken, where the store was thriving with customers buying their Eid holiday lambs . But even though we're hardly vegetarians -- we've bought our Easter lambs and Thanksgiving turkeys (complete with feathers) here for years -- we couldn't quite bring ourselves to even purchase chicken legs here after what we saw.
But the clean aspect of halal was clearly missing at the Fertile Crescent. We're not particularly squeamish about raw meat, but we must admit, we were a little shocked to see the stacked bodies of dead lambs not behind the meat counter, but out on the floor: