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Muslim-owned slaughterhouse on Nov. 23 night court agenda

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The Ellis County Press

ENNIS County commissioners will hear a proposal for a Muslim-owned "halal" slaughterhouse near the Navarro County line on Monday, Nov. 23.

Opposition to the slaughterhouse, which is slated for Slama Road, has increased, according to Precinct 2 Commissioner Bill Dodson, R-Ennis.

Dodson said county officials told him a permit was requested for a plant that would allow for the slaughter of animals Muslims consider "halal," or clean.

Dodson said he asked for the item to be put on commissioners night meeting to accommodate as many citizens as possible.

Several months ago, a slaughterhouse in Heath Sims Precinct 3 near Maypearl was rejected after homeowners opposed.

When asked if he supported the slaughterhouse in his precinct, Dodson, who announced hes also running for re-election next year, said he would vote how the majority of his constituents wanted.

Already "theres a lot of opposition that I can see," Dodson said.

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