Mayor condemns 'cretins' who left butchered pig's head outside a mosque


A whole community - including its mayor - has been left disgusted after the gift of a severed pig's head was left on the steps of a mosque in Canada.

The offensive contribution was left gift-wrapped outside the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec in Sainte-Foy with an anonymous card reading "bonne appetit" over the weekend, just over a week into the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The offensive gift came complete with wrapping and a mocking card.
The offensive gift came complete with wrapping and a mocking card (Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec/PA)

The centre itself described the act as a "hateful" and "heartbreaking" gesture, while local dignitaries labelled it "despicable", referring to those responsible as "cretins".

Global News reported that police are investigating the incident but have not yet decided whether it should be classified as a hate crime, or harassment.

Premier Philippe Couillard told the paper: "It's something that should be condemned very, very strongly. It's despicable."

Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec

Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume told National Post reporters: "In a society you have cretins, and in this case, there were two or three cretins, or one cretin that decided to do this. These are people who want to provoke things."

The centre's president, Mohamed Yangui, explained that the incident was particularly upsetting both because Muslims traditionally do not eat pork and because it was done on a day in Ramadan, a sacred month for fasting and focussing on worship and charity.

He said: "It's a bit difficult and heartbreaking to see that."

The centre received a wave of social media support after posting the gruesome pictures on Facebook.