Saturday, 31 July 2010

Government's response to banning halal


The government has finally responded to the petition to ban halal slaughter in the UK and of course the news is not good.


We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Ban the inhumane practice of halal slaughter in the UK.

On the subject of farmed animal slaughter, defra state 'it is an absolute offence to cause or permit an animal avoidable excitement, pain or suffering. There are also specific rules on handling, stunning, slaughter or killing of animals.'

Government response

The religious slaughter of animals without prior stunning is permitted in the UK. The laws governing animal welfare at slaughter in both the EU and UK require animals to be stunned before slaughter, but make an exemption from this requirement for religious slaughter carried out by Jews and Muslims.

The Government recognises the needs of certain communities and accepts the importance which they attach to the right to slaughter animals for food in accordance with their beliefs.

When animals are slaughtered, the process must be humane and comply with the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995, as amended governing animal welfare at slaughter. When, for reasons of religion, animals are not stunned before slaughter, the operation must be carried out without causing unnecessary suffering, and in compliance with specific controls.

Religious slaughter may only take place in licensed slaughterhouses (approved premises), and Official Veterinarians of the Food Standards Agency monitor and enforce the rules set out in the Regulations daily.

The Government is aware that the slaughter of animals without prior stunning is an issue in which many people and organisations are interested, and, as such, will continue to engage with interested parties in order to find a way forward that is acceptable to those concerned.

For those of you not familiar with halal slaughter please watch the clip above. Be warned that it is graphic and extremely disturbing to see animals treated in this way. This is more proof that islam is not compatable with Britain.

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