A Connecticut halal meat store has closed days after staffers publicly slaughtered a cow in a Home Depot parking lot, sparking investigations by local, state, and federal agencies.
The Saba meat store in Bloomfield, which prepares products observing Islamic laws, came under fire after employees killed the young cow Saturday, NBC Connecticut reports. Several agencies launched investigations into Saba, which found multiple violations and resulted in the store closing.
The cow escaped from the store Saturday and ran to the Home Depot across the street, followed by two men, employee Badr Musaed, and contractor Andy Morrison, who was doing renovation work at Saba and was carrying a bow and arrow, according to NBC Connecticut.
Police on the scene say Morrison shot at the animal, but missed. Musaed then reached for a foot-long knife while the cow was behind the home improvement store. Three Saba employees "grabbed onto the cow” before they cut the cow’s throat in public view, according to police.
Police reprimanded the workers, saying, “You know this is a problem. This is not something that can be done. You guys get, like, you get a leash, you got something. This kid here just watched you slit a cow’s throat.”
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“They come in our store all the time,” an employee shot back.
“But we’re not in your store right now, we’re in the back of home depot," the officer reminded him.
Police issued Musaed a ticket for the public disturbance and described the employees as “unremorseful" in their report, according to NBC Connecticut.