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EU: Polish ritual slaughter illegal, court rules Written by The behalal team for Home Industry News UK & World

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Halal meat on sale in a European supermarket (file image)

Halal meat can be found on sale across the EU

Poland’s top court has ruled that the religious slaughter of animals is illegal, weeks before an EU law allowing the practice takes effect.

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EU urged to end “excessive” ritual slaughter Written by The behalal team for Campaign Home Industry News UK & World The Law

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Behalal comments: It was a matter of time when this (“excessive”) raised it’s head as another attempt to control the production of halal and kosher meat from religious slaughter methods. The over production is from pre-stunning methods which produce much higher yields.  Assumptions have been drawn that halal means religious when this is not the case in practise.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) who conducted a survey into animal welfare in slaughterhouses in September said its own figures showed most animals were stunned before being killed.  A spokesman said: “The results indicate that the number of animals not stunned prior to slaughter is relatively low, accounting for 3% of cattle, 10% of sheep and goats, and 4% of poultry.

“They also show that the majority of animals destined for the halal trade in both the red and white meat sectors are stunned before slaughter.”

The FSA said full details of the survey would be published ahead of a discussion at a board meeting on 22 May and these figures dispel the myth of over production of religious slaughtered meat.

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Dutch Senate delays verdict on ritual slaughter Written by The behalal team for Campaign Home Industry News UK & World

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Decision elicits “relief” from Jews and Muslims, frustration among right-wingers, animal rights activists promoting ban.