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Controversial Slaughterhouse Zoning Proposal to be Considered at Washington Township Meeting on August 22nd



As per a legal notice in the Circleville Herald, a request has been made to Washington Township to rezone a 5.01 parcel on S.R. 22 East, near Buckeye Station, into a farm and slaughterhouse for halal meat.

The application was filed by Columbus resident, Durga P. Timsina. The request would result in changing the zoning from Rural Residential District to a Rural Business District.

The meeting is scheduled for public hearing at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 at the Washington Township House on Ringgold Southern Road.

What is Halal Meat? 

According to a story by the Daily Telegraph:

Under both the Muslim method of slaughter, known as Zabiha, and the Jewish practice, known as Shechita, a surgically sharp instrument is used to cut straight through an animal’s throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in its neck killing it instantly.

Under Islamic rules animals can be stunned before the procedure. The vast majority of halal meat comes from animals that were pre-stunned.

Shechita prohibits pre-stunning, with Jewish leaders saying that the act of cutting the animal’s neck renders it “insensible to pain” and has the same effect as mechanical stunning.

Halal meat is killed by hand and must be blessed by the slaughterman. Islam has strict laws on the proper method of slaughtering an animal. One, called dhabihah, requires a swift, deep incision with a sharp knife on the neck that cuts the jugular vein.

For meat to be considered halal the animal must be alive and healthy before it is killed, and all the blood must be drained from the body.



  1. I grew up in this area and to me having this type of business and doing things this way is different to say the least oh, and being from here I don’t want to see this slaughterhouse anywhere near where I came from just sayin

  2. This is zoned residential for a reason. In 2012 was zoned residential because the strip of 22 is a at speed road (that meaning when you enter you must be at 55 immediately.) There are so many accidents along the part of 22 that any more traffic is a hazard. It needs to stay residential to avoid higher amount of traffic for that reason alone. No business should be added to that section if Route 22.

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