Hateful Graffiti Cleaned Up at Halal Butcher Shop

The Council on American-Islamic Relations was in Bloomfield Saturday to help clean up an anti-Muslim message on the side of Saba Live Poultry.

The vandalism occurred after a former employee slaughtered a cow in a Home Depot parking lot, a story NBC Connecticut Investigates was first to report.

Volunteers helped clean up the hateful graffiti that was spray-painted on the building.

Messages such as "Cease with the needless slaughter" and "Muslims, go home" were seen spray-painted on the building.

Organizers said the hateful messages have no place in our state.

"Specifically, what we were scared of is somebody coming out and saying 'Muslims go home.' This is our own and we're not going anyplace. That's why we're here today to help out the business," Executive Director of CAIR Connecticut Tark Aouadi said. "Small business, great people just trying to make it."

"There has to be something where we realize that diversity is strength and recognizing difference is part of the human experience and not trying to isolate it," Kathy Flaherty of Newington said.

The business was later shut down due to several violations unrelated to that incident.

Bloomfield's mayor thanked volunteers for coming out to help and reiterated hate needs to be denounced.

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