Our Appeal to UEFA – Please Keep Ritual Slaughter off the Football Pitch

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stock footballWhen we heard the disturbing news that a sheep was slaughtered at the stadium of Kazakh football team Shakhter Karagandy ahead of its Champions League match with Celtic on Tuesday, we sprang into action. PETA appealed to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Michel Platini asking him to ban the ritual slaughter of animals in European football.

UEFA claims to be “forward-looking”, and Platini himself has spoken about its “duty to protect the game, the players and our values”. Those values should certainly include not stabbing animals to death in barbaric pre-match rituals, and we’ve asked Platini to use his influence to make sure that this kind of bloodshed does not happen again in this season’s Champions League and Europa League.

Animal sacrifice has no place in modern society. We’re hoping UEFA will score a winning goal for kindness by taking a strong stand against this violence – for the sake of animals and for the many sports fans who don’t want to see the beautiful game tarnished with blood.


  • Georgina Gittins commented on August 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    This disgusting practice of slaughtering an animal before a match has no place in this day and age. It must stop.

  • Louise urwin commented on August 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Disgusting behaviour in a modern society!!!

  • Monique Ortiz commented on August 24, 2013 at 12:55 am

    This is absolutely shocking. This is 2013 and this archaic, barbaric tradition needs to be eliminated as it is regressive and inhumane. A fresh, new, and animal-friendly pre-game ritual should be implemented immediately.

  • aleid stoel-margadant commented on August 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

    rituel slaughter without anaesthesia is a veru cruel system, the animals suffer from pain, terror and panic and choke in their blood. The deathstruggle can last several minustes.

  • Bart Koppen commented on August 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Animal sacrifice = Barbarism!

  • Syl commented on August 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    laat he een kogel door je kop jagen..zware gekken..wat een wereld bah ik haat ze

  • Linda Barnett commented on August 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    This despicable act of unnecessary barbaric cruelty HAS to end NOW. UEFA must listen to what people are saying and act accordingly. God’s creatures must never be subjected to such appalling acts of inhumane cruelty ever.

  • Linda Barnett commented on August 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    As already stated.

  • Ezekiel Lamb commented on August 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Halal/ ritual slaughter stems from a falsehood,that being the Abraham Isaac story {not Ishmael as Muslims maintain}The account is a typology of which there are many throughout the old testament {David,Passover etc} the narrative contains perhaps 15 Messianic references, in this instance Genesis 22v8 is applicable” G-D Himself will provide a lamb” {sacrificial}refers to the atoning sacrifice of YESHUA at the cross of calvary written a 1000 + yrs before the event The Islamic version is utterly meaningless {save for that of deception}written c600 yrs after the event

  • Tony Wicks commented on September 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I am a Spurs supporter – this must be stopped by UEFA although they are not showing much teeth when it comes to these sorts of issues – their kick racism out of football has faltered in some countries – if there are other football supporters out there then show this club and UEFA just what you think of the practice.

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