Halal is a religious/ritual way of slaughtering animals, which could be considered by many as very cruel and inhumane. It is where the animal’s throat is cut, whilst scriptures from the Koran are read over it – The animal is then left to bleed-to-death, as a way of cleansing its body and soul!
Many people are not aware of what Halal is or the process involved in producing it. There are also many people (namely Sikhs) who can not eat Halal due to religious reasons.
Halal has now become widely available, but in most cases it is not advertised! Takeaways and restaurants serve Halal without informing the public (it is possible, some people would simply not eat Halal if they knew how the meat was slaughtered).
There should be a Halal Awareness campaign to educate the public of what Halal is and how it is prepared, and then clearly marked in all food outlets so that people can make an informed choice! This is as much for Muslims as for non-Muslims.
Also, the Food Regulatory Authorities and Animal Welfare should investigate the process and its legality in this country - After all, this is not an Islamic country.
In a damning report by the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2977086.stm) the BBC concluded; "The method of animal slaughter used by Jews and Muslims should be banned immediately, according to an independent advisory group. The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), which advises the government on how to avoid cruelty to livestock, says the way Kosher and Halal meat is produced causes severe suffering to animals"!!!
Also see the BBC report at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2961623.stm and the Mail on Sunday report at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1328616/Halal-meat-served-schools-hospitals-pubs-Vets-say-Islamic-slaughter-cruel.html
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It should be made more public what Halal and Kosher are and how they are prepared. Halal should also be clearly advertised in all food outlets so that people can make an informed choice.
See links: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2977086.stm and also: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2961623.stm
The Support Halal Awareness petition to Trading Standards and Animal Welfare was written by Gus Singh and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.