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Halal slaughterhouse to be built near county line

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The Ellis County Press

NAVARRO COUNTY – An Islamic halal slaughterhouse will be built several hundred feet from the Ellis County line, according to the Navarro County Times.

The slaughterhouse was rejected by Ellis County commissioners in November due to Shamsul Ahmed owning property in both counties on Slama Road.

The Slama Road slaughterhouse, according to maps and drawings of the floor plans and blueprints, will be located in unincorporated Navarro County and come equipped with an Muslim prayer room.

The Navarro County Times newspaper reported Ahmed’s slaughterhouse would be regulated by a state agency, but locally, the Navarro County planning departments requirement that Ahmeds slaughterhouse not be located in a floodplain passed muster.

Ellis County Commissioner Bill Dodson, R-Ennis, said Slama Road is currently incapable of carrying the traffic needed to and from the slaughterhouse.

Due to Slama Road being in Ellis County, Ahmeds customers would have to travel on Ellis County roads to get to his Navarro County slaughterhouse.

A permit Ahmed received from the state will allow the slaughterhouse to slaughter a minimum of 400 animals to a maximum of 10,000 per day.

The slaughterhouse is connected to Slama Road from a private roadway Ahmed has planned.

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