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UK: Halal Rights: Press commission complaints Category: Behalal.org work

Complaint 1

CLAUSES NOTED: 1, 12

PUBLICATION: The Mail on Sunday

COMPLAINT:

Mrs Ruksana Shain complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about Halal meat was inaccurate and misleading.

 

RESOLUTION:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper sent a private letter to the complainant acknowledging her concerns, and published the following letter:

The label may indicate halal but the slaughter is no different to mainstream slaughter where pre-stunning is used.

Where chicken is concerned, it is pre-stunned and machine-slaughtered – and the only difference is a prayer may be said over it. This is pretty much the same as non-halal meat. Some 90 per cent of halal meat in this country is produced in this way.

How do I know this? I am an environmental health officer. I have seen it for myself. I represent Muslim organisations at the Food Standards Agency.

Ruksana Shain, Founder of behalal.org (Email)

DATE PUBLISHED: 21/01/2011

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Complaint 2 

CLAUSES NOTED: 1

PUBLICATION: Daily Mail

COMPLAINT:

Mrs Ruksana Shain complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article was misleading when it stated that animals slaughtered using halal methods “often die slowly and painfully”.

 

RESOLUTION:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the amendment of the online article to read:

Some research suggests that animals can die a slow and painful death…”

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 24/02/2011

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