Investigation Launched After 'Gruesome' Cow Skinning Video Appears Online

Local police say they will not treat the case as an instance of animal cruelty
Cow Welare Issue
A dispute was sparked over whether the cow was dead or alive

Ontario police have said that an investigation has been launched in response to a cow skinning video that circulated online - but that animal cruelty is not suspected.

The video reportedly appears to have been shot in rural Ontario - and it sparked debate over whether the animal shown was alive or dead at the time of skinning.

While the police maintain that the cow was dead when the video was shot - Ontario's Ministry of Agriculture will also investigate what its described as a 'disgusting and gruesome' video.

Police will be investigation to ensure the slaughter met the standards of Canada's Food Safety and Quality Act

Slaughter

Sargent Paul Davies of the Halton Regional Police told Global News that the video was shot around the time of Eid - a Muslim holiday which often involves ritualistic animal slaughter.

He added that the primary purpose of the investigation is to determine whether the cow's death fell in line with the country's Food Safety and Quality Act.

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