Score! UEFA Agrees That Animal Slaughter Has NO Place in Football

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RamUEFA has taken action to keep football beautiful today by speaking out against the slaughter of a sheep by FC Shakhter Karagandy in a cruel pre-match ritual. Just days after we sent a letter to the UEFA president urging him to take a strong stance against violence towards animals, UEFA has unequivocally condemned the bloodshed!

Here’s UEFA’s sternly worded letter to the Kazakh side:

We were informed that an animal slaughter took place at some point prior to the UEFA Champions League fixture involving FC Shakhter Karagandy and Celtic FC at the Astana Arena on Tuesday 20 August 2013.

Although certain practices may be culturally rooted, they have no place in or around a sporting arena or event. In this context, I would like to make you aware that animal slaughter on a football pitch or in a stadium before, during or after a UEFA competition match – or with reference to a UEFA competition – is totally improper, and will be not tolerated.

In case of re-occurrence, it will inevitably lead to a full investigation by our disciplinary bodies.

Thank you to UEFA for making it clear that there is nothing sporting about hurting and killing animals. Far from being “lucky”, any team that contemplate slaughtering sheep is scoring an own goal, as they’re likely to end up in an ignominious disciplinary hearing.


  • Veronica May commented on August 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you to the UEFA President for writing to FC Shakhter Karagandy football team codemming them for Slaughtering a sheep in a pre-match ritual, and telling them that this will not be tolerated. I was very upset when i heard about this.
    May be this should be investigated now as just one slaughter of a shee in the name of a football match is far to many.
    However now you have written to them hopefully this will not happen again.

  • Nuala Calvi commented on August 28, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Well done UEFA for condemning this barbaric practice.

  • Hazel Turner commented on August 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I can’t believe this actually happened, but UEFA has done well to condemn this horrific act. I think a harsher penalty should, however, have been imposed.

  • Marie Axon commented on August 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Cruelty is not and should not be culture, and it should always be vigorously condemned and stopped – thank you for your action against it x

    • Lauren commented on September 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Very well put! No one should ever be allowed to use “culture” as an excuse for that kind of behaviour.

  • Jon commented on September 6, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Don’t forget the billions of animal raised in factory farms / concentration camps each year to supply meat to supermarkets / food outlets.

    GO VEGAN, or at the very least 100% free range / organic.

    • Rita commented on September 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm


  • Roy Baker commented on September 6, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Well done PETA keep up the good work, some parts of the world are very primitive still, somewhere back in the mists of time a sheep was probably substituted for a person. As of course a fox was in England.

  • Mike Walker commented on September 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

    This is unacceptable and any clubs found doing this in the future should be banned from ALL competitions.

  • Gina lewis commented on September 6, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Well done PETA. I was horrified to read this. It just breaks my heart how badly animals are treated. I just wish everyone would be vegan.

  • Jane Claridge commented on September 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

    What we must not forget is that South Africa slaughtered a buffalo at every stadium before the world cup and that they slaughter when a new road or shop is opened up. Nepal slaughters at the drop of a hat for any excuse, they slaughter on the airport when someone is flying. These disgusting vile superstitious acts must be stopped hopefully PETA will look into the slaughter / superstition more. Dont forget in NOV 2014 Nepal will slaughter 250,000 animals in a two day ritual for Gadhimae Festival please all help stop that. Look up Nepal slaughter and Stop it.

  • Georgia Hughes commented on September 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Thank you PETA once again for the great job, and gratitude with many thanks also to UEFA and its President also, for banning this form of unnecessary animal slaughter and cruelty which has absolutely no part at all in the beautiful game of football!

  • BROWN-JONES commented on September 6, 2013 at 9:07 am


  • Jitka valkova commented on September 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Disgusting and barbarick ! It’s sad to see just how little humans evolved – stop living in the dark age !

  • Jiřina Tvarochová commented on September 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

    You are doing a very,very good work, thank you on behalf of the sheep,

  • Roggie commented on September 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Well done to PETA and UEFA.

    …and a thousand curses on FC Shakhter Karagandy – truly a bunch of losers.

  • chander kumar soni commented on September 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm


  • cinzia commented on September 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Bisogna porre fine alle crudeltà di tutte le creature esistenti in questo universo !!!!!!! BASTAAAAAAA

  • Lesley Robinson commented on September 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I continually wonder why none of the animal charities ever speak out against religious ritual slaughter. It’s one reason why I don’t support more than the 22 I already subscribe to. WHAT ARE THEY ALL AFRAID OF? A few ignorant, oafish imams? Religion should be BANNED from appearing in public ACROSS THE WORLD.

    Do what you like at home, apart from animal slaughter, but don’t bring your disgusting ways out on the streets.

  • Janet Walker commented on September 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    This is appauling and must be stopped NOW.

  • Mark Barrass commented on September 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I am an avid supporter of Celtic and I heard about the slaughter of the animal before the first leg, I was not there.
    Barbaric does not describe it but on a happier note we put them out of the competition 3-0. Karagandy still have 3 more home European games and I hope UEFA monitor them very closely and impose a European ban for many years if they dare to carry out this practice again.

  • Sassee commented on September 6, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Thank U that was AWESOME!!!!

  • Romola commented on September 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    How sick are humans, the cruelty just keeps getting worse, we should be ashamed of our treatment of non human animals.

  • EYG commented on September 7, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Wow, I wish most “authorities” would listen to the pleas of people and just do the right thing like this no-nonsense President did. Instead, they spend more time trying to obfuscate, avoid, lie, ignore or just laugh. Way to be sensible!

  • Lou commented on September 7, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I agree that religious slaughter is a massive problem. Several countries have outlawed it and the British government carried out an independent study which concluded that it causes massive distress and pain to the animal in question (unbelievably, supporters claim it to be quick and humane-this is absurd and has been scientifically proven so) but nothing was done to outlaw it, as would be the case in any other situation- so as not to ‘offend’. Does that mean if I were to instigate a religion today which had very questionable practices I would be excused? Of course not. There’s right and there’s wrong and cruelty is wrong. It cannot continue so that people are not offended, stopping the horrific suffering of sentient beings has to take priority, no religion says its followers must eat meat so there is always the option not to if religious slaughter is so important. Another thing nobody appears aware of is that this meat is unlabelled and sold to an unaware public- due to Jewish religious law to do with what can be used, only about a third of the unfortunate animal which suffered so greatly is used by them. Where does the rest go? To the public. I have written to many pet food producers to try to find out if they are propping up the (jewish) religious slaughter (it would be too expensive to continue if the remainder of the animal were not sold to unsuspecting non jews) therefore many people are unknowingly financing this horror. I have nothing against people’s beliefs or customs but anything which harms the vulnerable and helpless cannot be justified. Ritual slaughter is hideous, believe me, if you saw it and had even a shred of empathy or compassion it would not be something you could be flippant about.

  • Fiona Melvin commented on September 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    The filthy,unconscionable scum. I cannot comprehend how these people are still so backward .. it’s the 21st century for God’s sake.
    Any sports team or representatives of such primitive, barbaric states should be banned from taking part in tournaments held in civilised nations. We did similar with South Africa years ago.
    Well done to UEFA.

    “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”,

  • NICOLA HALE commented on September 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm


  • DAVE JOHNSON commented on September 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    don’t spoil sport with this cruelty

  • nic hale commented on September 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm


  • tracey chalkley commented on September 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Behaviour like this makes me ashamed to be part of the human race.

  • kevin commented on September 12, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Well done UEFA great to hear they are getting involved finally the world of sports is seeing that there is no need for any animal for people to have fun its sick

  • Fundación Amigos de la Vida commented on October 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Los animales tienen los mismos derechos que nosotros a vivir en libertad.
    Animals have the same rights as us to live in freedom.
    Digamos no a:
    corridas de toros. Circos con animales. Cautividad de delfines. Zoológicos. Peleas de perros y riñas de gallos. Corrida de galgos.
    Say no to:
    Bullfights. Animal circuses. Dolphin Captivity. Zoos. Dogfighting and cockfighting. Run greyhound.

  • 4mula1 commented on December 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

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