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Updated Feb 1, 2012 - 12:47 pm

Muslim group permitted to continue animal slaughter ritual

Some San Tan Valley residents are upset about a Muslim ritual happening in the area.

A religious group is performing Zabiha, the process of slaughtering animals for their meat to be clean.

"Maybe we don't agree with it," said Pinal County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Henry, "But there's nothing wrong with it and it falls well within the purview of religious freedom."

The group is performing the ritual on private property.

Some people want PCSO to stop it, but Henry said they the group has every right to practice Zabiha.

"It's a lot like watching TV." Henry said. "If you don't like what's on the channel, change the channel. So if you live in this place, look the other direction."

The ritual is happening in a rural area on a piece of property no larger than four acres.

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