RCMP have charged several people in an illegal slaughtering investigation in southern Alberta. 

In November of 2023, RCMP investigated unlawful livestock dealing and the illegal slaughter of sheep, goats, and beef in the area.

RCMP confirm sheep and goats were purchased at market, transported to rural properties in Mountain View, Rocky View, and Wheatland County, where the animals were unlawfully slaughtered.

After that the meat was delivered to stores and residences in the City of Calgary. 

Beef had also been slaughtered and was taken by investigators prior to making its way into the city.

Inspections were completed at the farm and store locations which resulted in closure orders issued to seven Halal grocery stores, as well as the revocation of two On-Farm-Slaughter-Licences. 

Clean up orders have been issued for animal remains at some of the slaughter locations.  

48-year-old, Raed Alnajar, 35-year-old Waeel Alhamawi, and 35-year-old Amer Alhamawi of Calgary have been charged with the following:

  • Failure to have animals inspected prior to slaughter.
  • Sell, offer for sale, transport, or deliver uninspected meat.
  • Deal in livestock without being a licenced livestock dealer.

41-year-old, Tareq Alhamawi has just been charged with sell, offer for sale, transport, or deliver uninspected meat.

All accused are scheduled to appear in Strathmore court on June 24.

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