Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The cruelty of Halal slaughter

Britain is a nation of animal lovers, and we cannot abide to see cruelty to animals.

Quite rightly, the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is active in bringing perpetrators to justice.

However, there remain some very cruel practices, perpetrated almost every day, and nothing is done about it. Indeed the practice is increasing rapidly.

This is, of course, the slaughter of animals for Halal meat.

Whilst the animal is fully conscious, its throat is cut. It can take two minutes to die, depending on the speed with which the blood is lost.

Here is a quote from the Farm Animal Welfare Council document 'Report on the Welfare of Farmed Animals at Slaughter or Killing'

This report is Crown Copyright 2003 and can be downloaded from

"195. When a very large transverse incision is made across the neck a number of vital tissues are transected including: skin, muscle, trachea, oesophagus, carotid arteries,jugular veins, major nerve trunks (e.g. vagus and phrenic nerves) plus numerous minor nerves. Such a drastic cut will inevitably trigger a barrage of sensory information to the brain in a sensible (conscious) animal. We are persuaded that such a massive injury would result in very significant pain and distress in the period before insensibilitysupervenes."

The practice of Halal slaughter should be stopped, on animal welfare grounds. However, it is increasing, since Halal meat is now used routinely in schools, hospitals and restaurants, (and also the Royal Navy) even though the majority who attend are not Muslims.

If Halal production cannot be stopped entirely, then as a minimum, the food must be clearly labelled as containing Halal meat. It must be possible for those who do not wish to support such cruelty to have an alternative meal on the menu.

It is against democratic principles that a minority should impose their wishes upon the majority, particularly as the majority are distressed by such actions.

Britain is changing considerably under pressure from Islam.

Humanity needs peace not Islam.


At 6:26 am, Blogger atheling2 said...

It's dhimmitude. And it's very distressing to see it in Britain. Winston Churchill must be rolling in his grave.

When I was a kid, I used to like that song they sang, "Rule Britannia... Britons will never be slaves..." I thought it was so noble and proud. It was one of the reasons why I am an Anglophile.

It pains me to hear of these changes... I feel only sorrow for Britain, and for Europe.

At 11:12 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I first read this report, sometime in 2004, I am positive it made two recommendations that are now missing. The first recommendation was that Halal slaughter should be banned completely. The second recommendation was that if it were not banned, then all meat produced by Halal slaughter should be labelled as such. This second recommendation was because much of the meat, despite the slaughter method, is still considered unfit for consumption by Mohammedans, and is therefore sold on to the normal markets.
Does anyone out there have a copy of this original report?
And does anyone know who changed it, and why?

At 12:28 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what your feelings are on Kosher meat, as deemed correct for consumption by Jews and Christians. This has been practised by many in this country for decades. I seem to have forgotten the public outcry.

At 12:42 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The main difference with Kosher meat is that the animal is now stunned before being killed, as happens in a 'normal' slaughterhouse. Islam does not accept this practise, so the animal can suffer for several minutes while it bleeds to death. This is why FAWC recommended that the dispensation for Halal slaughterers to ignore the rules on stunning should be withdrawn.


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