EU labelling proposals for meat and meat products to ONLY carry the label “Meat from animals slaughtered without stunning”.
Yes, things are brewing as you read this article. Fact: Animals slaughtered without stunning are banned in Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland and recently in New Zealand. It’s happening right on our doorstep in Europe. Our concern is that it may be eventually bought in through the back door and imposed on us all in the UK too.
A few facts:
•16th June 2010 Food Labelling Regulation was passed in the European Parliament. This Regulation relates to nutritional labelling however, amendment #205 was added on for compulsory labelling of the slaughter of meat without stunning. Ministers of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted by 559 to 54 for the labelling of meat and meat products which will affect genuine Halal and Kosher meat.
• A huge amount of pressure by misguided animal lobbyists, the far right and of course anti-Islamic propaganda has more than influenced policy.
• Media bias; the protrail of Halal slaughter as barbaric, bleeding the animal to death. In fact, all methods of slaughter, Halal or otherwise cause the animal to bleed out to preserve and extend the shelf life of the meat.
• Slaughter of any kind is not a pretty sight but better that there is human involvement than left to machinery.
• Muslims are unwittingly eating pre-stunned meat, pre-stunned and machine slaughtered chicken because this meat can also be labelled Halal. This figure is estimated at 90% of meat/poultry on sale.
• The rise in meat produced using pre-stunning methods under the name of Halal is for economic reasons. Pre-stunning and machine slaughter creates greater yield.
• There is no requirement in Islam to eat meat however; it must be Halal, which is a direct order from God. To protect animal welfare and of course the person eating it.
• Animal welfare and humane slaughter are top priorities for Halal slaughter.
• Muslim and the Jewish communities have been exempted from pre-stunning under the provision of the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995.
• The most thought provoking for the Muslim consumer is that there is simply not enough unstunned meat available right now in the system for consumption at today’s rate, discerning Muslim consumer be warned!
• The Council of the European Union will meet in the spring 2011 to decide on the decision to proceed. If the amendment is not voted out a “second meeting” will occur before the European Parliament early next year. Importantly, if the amendment is binned it can still be re-introduced by the Parliament. This is blatant discrimination. There has been no consultation, just tagged onto a Nutritional labelling Regulation. Smells fishy!
• Yes, to labelling, Muslim consumers do not want to others to consume Halal meat if they choose not to, they also don’t want to be mislead any more by the Halal label being applied to all three types of slaughter methods. The other methods are by no means superior to Halal slaughter.
• In the real world this may mean a reduction of meat that is genuinely Halal (not stunned) which will lead to more mixing with pre-stunned meat by money driven suppliers.
• Fair labelling to allow all consumers to make an informed choice if this is really about ETHICAL concerns.
• Muslims are not against use of science and technology but want 100% conclusive evidence to prove that slaughter without pre-stunning is inhumane.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
All Muslims are instructed to take responsibility and action if they can, Lobby your MEP; let them know how you feel. To help we have drafted a letter should you wish to use it.
The best MEPs to contact are those who represent Britain on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, and the Secretary of State and Minister of State at DEFRA who are dealing with this issue on behalf of the British Government:
- Marina Yannakoudakis, Conservative MEP for London. 212 Ballards Lane, London N3 2LXmarina.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paul Nuttall, UKIP MEP for the North West. 7 King Street, Lancaster LA1 1JNnorthwest@ukip.org
- Chris Davies, Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West. 87A Castle Street, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9AR email@example.com
- Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber. 79 High Street, Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire S63 7QB firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jacqui Foster, Conservative MEP for the North West. Thursby House, 1 Thursby Road, Bromborough, Wirral CH62 3PW email@example.com
- Struan Stevenson, Conservative MEP for Scotland. SCCO, 83 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2ER firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jill Evans, Plaid Cymru MEP for Wales. 45 Gelligaled Road, Ystrad, Rhondda, Cynon Taf, Wales CF41 7RQ email@example.com
- Julie Girling, Conservative MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar. Gloucestershire Conservatives, Regent Court, Gloucester Business Park, Hucclecote, Gloucestershire GL3 4AD Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands. Harold Wilson House 23 Barratt Lane, Attenborough, Nottingham. NG9 6AD email@example.com
Find your MEP. Click here: http://www.europarl.org.uk/section/your-meps/your-meps
Here’s the letter: lobbylet
We’re not being unreasonable; it’s pure logic and fair to labelling of all meat and meat products if this proposal goes ahead.
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