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Slaughterhouse will be built anyway for custom orders

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WAXAHACHIE - A KDFW Fox 4 news report indicates that Shamsul Ahmed plans to proceed with his plans for a halal slaughterhouse, despite county commissioners rejecting the facility Monday, Nov. 23.

According to Fox 4 reporter Brandon Todd, Ahmed said he will do the ritual slaughter from Muslims' sharia law guidelines for "custom orders."

Due to the holiday, county officials could not be reached for comment, but Saturday, Nov. 21, one commissioner told The Ellis County Press that County Judge Carol Bush had "the three votes to pass this thing." Monday night, however, the organized opposition and the TV cameras in the audience proved to overwhelm commissioners, according to opponents.

Ahmed Farms, located at 855 Slama Road in Precinct 2 Commissioner Bill Dodson's precinct, will take orders from the private sector, according to Fox 4's report.

This is the second attempt to put a slaughterhouse in Ellis County within a calendar year. The first facility proposed was rejected on a 5-0 vote in January after organized opposition and questions surrounding then-County Judge Chad Adams' ties to businessman Ali Sharaf, whose business partners and associates reportedly secured the permit and plans for the slaughterhouse in Heath Sims' Precinct 3 near Midlothian.

Adams now works for Sharaf as vice president of Victron Energy in Waxahachie.

While opponents at Monday night's commissioner's meeting were quick to point out religious practices were not being opposed, the sharia law system of governance, according to Ennis resident David Hunnicutt, is foreign to the U.S. system of law.



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