The Polish government has drafted regulations to reduce animals’ suffering but still allow ritual slaughter.
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15/3/13 Euro Quality Lambs Ltd Press Release
Author: Professor Joe M. Regenstein
The Jewish and Muslim communities have a set of dietary laws that control the food they eat. These are part of a larger set of laws that impact almost every aspect of their daily lives.
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An Essay by Joe M. Regenstein, Professor of Food Science, Head: Cornell Kosher and Halal Food Initiative, Stocking Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-7201, USA JMR9@cornell.edu
The Jewish and Muslim communities have a set of dietary laws that control the food they eat. These are part of a larger set of laws that impact almost every aspect of their daily lives. The Kosher laws for Jews and the Halal laws for Muslims have been described in some detail by Regenstein, et al. (2004). The focus of this paper is on one of the most important components of these laws, how an animal is killed for food. In both communities there has been a well-document interest and concern for animal welfare long before it was fashionable in the Western world. Both groups traditionally use a cut at the neck to make the animal unconscious. Note also that both groups do not slaughter or use pigs.
- This note describes the methods of slaughter used by the Jewish and Muslim religions. EU law, like UK law before it, requires farm animals to be stunned before slaughter, but there is an exception for religious slaughter.
- The Jewish method of slaughter, Shechita, requires animals not to be stunned before slaughter. Islamic food rules, for Halal meat, can be satisfied with animals stunned before slaughter if animals do not die as a result of the stun, but there is no definitive consensus and slaughter without pre-stunning does also take place.
- Much of the meat on an animal killed by Shechita may not qualify as Kosher meat. There is no requirement that it should be labelled as meat from an animal killed without pre- stunning.
- The Coalition Government has no intention of making Halal or Shechita slaughter illegal, but it is considering welfare labelling of meat.
- Food Standards Agency figures in 2012, the first since 2003, show that more than 80% of animals are stunned before slaughter for Halal meat in the UK.
Halal and Islamic
Dutch Agriculture Deputy Minister Henk Bleker signed an agreement with religious leaders yesterday to make ritual slaughter more humane, including stunning animals after 40 seconds.
In response to an article written by Bill Reilly (http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/170/18/468)
By Asif Rao
The protection of farm animals at the time of slaughter and killing is a matter of public concern which affects consumer’s attitude towards meat products (EC 1099/2009). It is a well known fact that the slaughter process has never been pleasant and not all suffering can be eradicated during different stages of marketing, transit and at slaughter. However, it is our responsibility to respect the farm animals and to minimise their distress and suffering as much as possible. The slaughter of animals without stunning, specifically for traditional religious slaughter, which henceforth I will call ‘Traditional Slaughter’, has always been a topical subject for animal welfare lobbying organisations.
By Dr Majid Katme, Islamic Medical Association UK
The Islamic Medical Association and British Muslims were shocked on 5th May 2012 to see an erroneous, misguided statement written by Professor Bill Reilly (a consultant in veterinary public health) regarding the religious slaughter of animals used by Muslims and Jews, where he accused Halal slaughter of being cruel to animals when not using secular stunning methods before slaughter!
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Islamic Halal slaughter has increasingly come under attack from animal rights again activists telling tales of barbaric blood-thirsty ritual slaughter. There are two distinct issues: there is the vegetarian agenda which wants to ban all consumption of animal products, and there is the animal rights lobby which argues for a humane method of slaughter.
The efforts made by the association known as “Integrity” and its creation of the “Tayyibah” (a gathering of about 70 Muslim associations) have permit the French Muslim communiy’s establishment of a definition of halal that has been validated by Professor Muhammad Hamidullah  in Paris in 1982.
Compatibility between the World Organisation for Animal Health and Islamic Law to the prevention of cruelty to animals during transport and slaughter
Foreword by the Director General
The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to requirements of Islamic law that relate to the humane handling of animals, including at transport and slaughter. By encouraging dialogue between veterinary services and religious authorities, the OIE aims to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare and to reduce animal suffering globally.
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