Halal slaughter is a cruel example of Islamic culture’s view on animal rights. Treatment of animals inside Muslim-dominated areas is another.
“I’ve seen cats being played football with. I have seen cats with their legs torn off and eyes their gouged out. We see cats that have had their heads torn off, and ones that had skin ripped away, or had their legs and back broken.”
This is how a women working with the Danish Animal Protection
describes some of the horrible treatment of animals in the
Muslim-dominated area of Vollsmose, a suburb of Odense, the third
largest city in Denmark.
“The worst thing I saw was a bunch of kittens crawling around
with their bowels hanging out because they had their bellies cut open,” she says.
Therese. S. Wilbert, Director of Danish Cat Protection, agrees that the area is unsafe, especially for cats:
“In Vollsmose, the degree of abuse for cats is worse than
elsewhere in Denmark. It is usually children below ten years of age who
abuse the animals,” she says. Wilbert says that in 2016 alone, Cat Protection received 20-25 reports about animal abuse in Vollsmose, “but many cases are not reported, so the amount of animal cruelty is probably far greater.”
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It is difficult for authorities to help the animals, since the area
is very unsafe. When a volunteer from the Danish Animal Protection
agency entered the area to save an abused cat, she was attacked by local residents of migrant backgrounds. Coincidentally, the assault was filmed.
“A group of young men attacked a female worker from Animal
Protection services when she entered Vollsmose to pick up a cat that had
The young men stopped the animal ambulance, opened the ambulance
door, stole the ignition key, tore at the woman’s hair and shouted in
her face. The car’s taillight was smashed and the car was bumped.” The woman had to leave the cat and flee for her own safety.
Since this attack, the Danish Animal Protection agency no longer sends people into the area to help abused animals.
The attack on the animal ambulance in Vollsmose was filmed, showing locals attacking the woman, tearing at her uncovered hair, and forcing her to leave the area.