Soccer-PETA seeks ban on ‘ritual slaughter of animals’ (Reuters)

LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Animal rights group PETA has called on UEFA to ban the “ritual slaughter of animals” after a sheep was sacrificed prior to Kazakh side Shakhter Karagandy’s Champions League playoff match against Celtic. The organisation has written to UEFA president Michel Platini asking him to use his influence to ensure that the governing body’s “prestigious competitions are not tainted by such horrifying cruelty”. Shakhter killed the sheep before training for their home first leg tie against Celtic, which they went on to win 2-0 on Tuesday. …

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