#Animal Welfare
David Cameron, Prime Minister
United Kingdom

Slaughter without stunning is an excruciating and terrifying experience faced by millions of animals every year.

All food livestock in Britain are killed by having their throats cut, but the law requires that they are first rendered unconscious by stunning. However, animals killed for Muslim Halal meat are exempt from this law - they can be slaughtered by throat-cutting WITHOUT pre-stunning, even though it does not say anywhere in the Qur'an that an animal cannot be unconscious before it is killed.

After having their throats cut, animals are hung by one leg, still alive, and allowed to slowly bleed to death. According to research, it can take a cow 60 seconds - an entire minute - to lose consciousness, and a calf twice this time.

Approximately 8 million animals per year are slaughtered this way for the Halal market.

In 2003, the Farm Animal Welfare Council published its report on the welfare of animals at slaughter - it recommended that a solid law should be passed to stun all animals before slaughter. In 2004, the Government accepted FAWC’s conclusion that animals slaughtered without pre-stunning are likely to experience “very significant pain and distress”, but announced that it would not adopt the report’s recommendation.

Halal meat is often not labeled as such in UK supermarkets, so many of us are unwittingly supporting this cruel, barbaric and unnecessary method of slaughter.

I call on the British Government to change the law pertaining to stunning animals before slaughter.

Instead of making slaughter for Halal meat exempt from this law, it should be included.

This should be a SOLID LAW, and NOBODY should get special treatment.

Also, ALL Halal meat should be labeled in supermarkets, so people actually have the choice to buy it or not.

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The Stun ALL Animals Before Slaughter and Label ALL Halal Meat petition to David Cameron, Prime Minister was written by Saving Great Britain and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.