On the occasion of the first day of Eid al-Adha, the Bardot foundation critiqued President Nicolas Sarkozy for not having created more parameters around the slaughter of sheep. Every year members of the foundation go to certain slaughterhouses to survey; they claim that more than 70,000 sheep were illegally slaughtered.
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation impeded a training meeting that was to take place in Grenoble to explain the proper ritual sacrifice of lamb for Eid al-Adha. According to the foundation, such meeting encouraged “secretive slaughters,” and the Minister of the Interior Michèle Alliot-Marie intervened so that the municipality would not allow the group to meet in a public space. The Association of Information and the Defense of Muslim Consumers (Asidcom or l’Association de sensibilisation d’information et de défense du consommateur musulman), helped organize the initial meeting, and claim that in 2007, 130,000 lambs were legally slaughtered and 70,000 clandestinely for Eid, celebrated in December.
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French screen icon Brigitte Bardot was convicted and fined in Paris on June 3 for inciting discrimination and racial hatred toward the country’s Muslim population. This is her fifth conviction on similar charges in 11 years. Bardot was fined 15,000 Euros for her letter to then-interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy stating, I’ve had enough of being led by the nose by this whole population which is destroying us, (and) destroying our country by imposing their ways. Now a self-proclaimed animal rights activist, Bardot, 73, is particularly critical of the slaughter of sheep duing _Eid Al-Adha, an important religious festival in the Islamic calendar.
Former French actor and animal activist Brigitte Bardot went on trial in a Paris courtroom charged with inciting racial hatred over remarks made in a letter to French president Nicolas Sarkozy in December 2006 regarding the Muslim festival of Aïd el-Kebir and the slaughter of sheep. Bardot wrote, I am fed up with being under the thumb of a population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts. The letter was later published by Bardot’s foundation. This is the fifth time Bardot has been charged with inciting racial hatred since 1997. 73 year-old Bardot did not attend the court in person, claiming she was physically unwell. She may receive a fine of 15.000 Euros and a two-month prison sentence. The decision will be rendered on June 3rd.