'Abdul-'Azeez Aal-ash-Shaykh made the following announcement
on Monday 5 March 2001:
"It is permissible for Muslims living in Europe not to
sacrifice animals during this 'Eed
al-Adhaa festival because of the foot-and-mouth disease.
If Muslims in Europe find themselves in a situation where
they are prevented from sacrificing a beast after what has
been said about the state of the animal, they must abide by
the rules. The sacrifice of an animal is not an obligation
for Muslims but it is a Sunnah.
Those who have the means to sacrifice an animal can do it.
For those who do not, it is not obligatory."