Reports of Orthodox Catholic Family Slaughtering Sheep Discounted

Source: The Morning Call

On June 25, 2001, the Allentown Morning Call reported that “Bethlehem police stopped by [Tea Javashvili’s] party…after receiving
reports that partygoers were slaughtering sheep, a violation within city limits.” Javashvili’s Orthodox
Catholic family had immigrated from Georgia, the former Soviet republic. They said the lamb they were using “was
dead when they bought it from a local butcher, and they were cutting it up in
their back yard as part of a religious practice.”