Friday 27

Several areas of Tanzania have banned the keeping of pigs. The most recent to do this was the northern town of Shinyanga, where local government issued the ban on the basis that pig-rearing might cause a breach of the peace. The driving factor is, of course, that Islam considers pigs to be unclean. The butchering of animals has been contentious in Tanzania for several years. Muslims have customarily carried out animal slaughter to ensure that all meat is halal, but the custom is now being enforced as if were a law. Some Christians who have slaughtered have been arrested or violently attacked. Pray that the authorities will enforce the freedoms that Christians have in law and that the pig-rearing ban in Shinyanga and other towns will be removed.

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