Category Archives: Animal Welfare
HALAL MEAT IS ILLEGAL & has been since 1995
LEGALLY, No-Stun Ritually Slaughtered Meat should be for Muslims ONLY
– NOT for Everyone.
There is a VAST Over-production of Halal Meat in UK, which needs to be curbed through legal enforcement by the Government.
Since 2012 at least 20% of Halal Meat & Poultry in UK is No-Stun Halal Ritually Slaughtered Meat that has been dedicated to Allah…and this meat is being sold in Supermarkets on the Halal Counters, mainly to Non-muslim customers – which is ILLEGAL. The majority of Muslims will only buy No-Stun halal meat from Halal Butchers Shops – they will not buy from supermarket Halal Counters, because they cannot be sure that the supermarket meat is authentic halal.
This has been confirmed by the Head of a leading Halal Authority – see his words here…
Concerns are that the halal meat has been contaminated at some stage – transportation without further halal certification at other logistics levels can be an issue and even handling by a Non-muslim can be considered to cause contamination issues; furthermore the fact that halal meat is being sold in a shop that also sells pork, can also put off muslim shoppers.
No-Stun Halal Meat is also being given to School pupils.
There are an increasing number of Schools serving HMC Halal Meat – this No-Stun Halal Meat & Poultry is given to ALL pupils, including Non-muslim pupils, often without their parent’s knowledge or consent. In far too many Primary Schools, the Nick Clegg policy of Free School Dinners for ALL ends up imposing Halal meat & poultry on All children, whether they are Muslims or not.
This is Illegal according to the Original Licence of Exemption (see image below) which clearly states that Halal Meat that is processed without any stun at all should be for Muslim consumption ONLY – NOT for everyone.
Questions need to be asked, such as WHY is the FSA (Food Standards Agency) turning a blind eye to the License of Exemption Rule?
Halal should just be a niche market in UK, like kosher has always been.
The Scottish Government have admitted that the placing of non-stunned meat slaughtered in the UK into the general food chain has been illegal since 1995.
SO WHY IS DEFRA TURNING A BLIND EYE?
Essential Reading – Please Click on LINK to Read the Post.
UK – HALAL MEAT IS ILLEGAL & has been since 1995
The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations (WASK) 1995 state that all animals slaughtered in the UK should be fully stunned to the point of insensibility before slaughter and until death. A dispensation exists in WASK for animals slaughtered for Halal and Kosher meat which states that these animals are not required to be stunned. Section 12.2 of the legislation states that meat from animals not stunned must ONLY be sold/ provided to Muslims & Jews.
The Original Licence of Exemption – which is definitely still valid – clearly states that No-Stun Halal & Kosher Meat should be for Jews & Muslims ONLY – NOT for Everyone.
Here is an image of that Licence which I obtained from a Muslim Charity website belonging to: The London Central Mosque Trust & the Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC)
…the highlight in black is theirs not ours, but the key words we care about are below that highlighted section, in that same paragraph…
LICENCE OF EXEMPTION
In 2012, around 20% of Halal meat produced in the UK was from animals slaughtered with no form of stunning. (Food Standards Agency. June 2012).
SECONDLY – REVERSIBLE STUNNING IS CRUEL
Animals are NOT being Stunned properly – so they become conscious again within seconds
Also of grave concern is the remainder of Halal meat – the 80% – which is sourced from animals that are subjected to a stun method called “Stun-to-stun”. This stunning method uses an amperage far below that recommended in guidelines for an effective stun. In fact Prof.Temple Grandin has said that the Livestock begin to recover within 15 seconds of the Reversible Stun being administered.
NOTE that Muslims say clearly that a Proper Stun could result in the death of the animal, so it cannot be used, because the Meat cannot be Halal.
Just to be clear on this – a Proper Stun will put the animal or poultry into an IRREVERSIBLE state of unconsciousness and into a PERMANENT state of being insensible to pain. That is the reason the traditional stun cannot be used for halal meat which can only be obtained from animals & poultry that are ALIVE at the point of slaughter.
Our traditional slaughter methods have been changed…
For example, sheep used to be stunned to the Head AND the Body – now they are given a Low stun to the Head ONLY – surely this is ILLEGAL too!
Many devout Muslims speak out against the Reversible Stun that is being used in so many Slaughterhouses, saying it is more cruel than No Stun at all.
That is because the animals are becoming conscious after the throat cut, thrashing out and bellowing loudly on the slaughter line – until “Allah knows best”.
Reversible Stunning leads to completely unnecessary suffering in 21st Century Britain – it is very cruel.
It takes at least 6 minutes for cattle to die after the throat cut… at least 4 minutes for sheep & goats to die and at least 2 minutes for poultry & ducks.
AND many muslims completely reject Halal Meat that has been subjected to any form of stunning anyway!
After a public consultation in 2013, new stricter rules were passed for EU countries, which clearly stated the minimum stun that animals and poultry should be given, but here in Britain those rules were completely ignored and the old 1995 WASK Rules remain still to this day – PROOF HERE…
Why have we tolerated this in 21st Century Britain?
We must BOYCOTT HALAL Meat – Leave it on the Supermarket shelves to rot & complain!
– Insist on conventional meat from your Butcher or buy direct from Farmers you know.
This will be difficult to avoid halal meat & poultry, because most, if not all meat going through Smithfield Meat Market is now halal ritually slaughtered! Note that Smithfield Market or, to give it its official name, London Central Markets, is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
NOTE that it is mandatory for ALL EC Meat to bear the Licence Number of the Abattoir where it was sourced!
Most Meat in UK will have an EC Meat Code number like this… it must be stamped on ALL Meat Carcasses AND it must appear on ALL packaged Meat.
Please research where the meat you are buying is sourced from – the 4 digit EC Meat Code on all meat sold in Europe is traceable back to source… however some supermarkets make it a little more confusing – see this from Morrisons…
WHERE’S THIS FROM App for iPhones & Androids
There is a very useful APP called WHF = ‘Where’s This From’ that will not tell you if the meat is halal or not, but it will tell you where the meat is sourced, if you type in that 4 digit code that is on the carcass or the meat packaging! Armed with the name of the Slaughterhouse of Cutting Plant you can Google that business to find out about it or ring up the slaughterhouse to ask if they say a blessing over their livestock or not.
This App is completely FREE to use!
WHERE’S THIS FROM?
THIRDLY we have the problem of the HARAM MEAT…
THIRDLY we have the problem of the mis-selling of the downgraded, sub-standard, Haram Meat mainstream – this Rejected Ritually Slaughtered meat, is being mis-sold to us, as if it is conventional meat… which it certainly isn’t.
THIRDLY we have the problem of the Halal Industry selling off cheap their Ritually Slaughtered downgraded, sub-standard, Haram Meat to Big Buyers; who then sell it on to anyone who will buy cheap meat, or will serve it up in mainstream restaurants & fast food takeaway chains, as if it is conventional meat.
Obviously it is NOT labelled HARAM MEAT – or no one would buy it!
This Haram Meat is also sold off cheap to the Butchers Shop Chains
In fact our butchers will say with a grin… “This meat is NOT halal” and offer us the sub-standard haram meat (usually at a cheaper price). We are not told that this meat has been Rejected at the Post Slaughter inspection at a halal slaughterhouse! Obviously no one would buy it if they knew the truth! Some butchers will know it is not actually meat that has been killed in a conventional way, but many of our butchers are also hoodwinked into buying this Haram Meat – often at a cheaper prices – and some have no knowledge of where it has come from.
Surely this practice is ILLEGAL too!
Muslims will say that some meat, after halal Ritual Slaughter, does not meet the grade & so it is not halal; this rejected ritually slaughtered meat is renamed ‘haram‘ and will then be discarded into the mainstream Food Chain… but for us (who are looking at this issue from a Non-muslim perspective) – this meat is still HALAL – it has been prepared in the same way that Muslim Meat should be prepared… it has been dedicated to a foreign god and slaughtered unstunned or ultra-low amperage stunned – it is certainly not Traditional Meat that was properly stunned before slaughter! See what Waitrose say on their website about this so-called ‘Non-halal’ meat – they give 3 reasons for selling it to unsuspecting shoppers!
This Substandard Haram Meat is the rejected Halal Meat – it has been Ritually Slaughtered after being dedicated to Allah… BEFORE being rejected for reasons that we will never know, because records regarding why the Halal Inspector rejects the halal meat are not recorded – and certainly never published. So WHY should we accept meat that has been foisted off onto us as being conventional meat, when in reality it has been cast off from the halal market, rather than being thrown away, because it was deemed to be ‘Unfit For Muslim Consumption’?
Why are we tolerating this? Surely this is ILLEGAL too!
FOURTHLY – RITUALLY SLAUGHTERED MEAT IS BEING MIS-SOLD
Lastly there is so much evidence in every supermarket and many food outlets across Britain that we have checked that the Halal & the Haram Meat is being sold to us UNLABELLED as such.
We have had many Petitions & Letters to Governments over the years asking for more transparency in labelling, but the issue is either blamed on the EU, or ignored, or put off because it is uncertain what Halal Meat actually is… This uncertainty has arisen due to many arguments over the years, between different Islamic factions, who each have different standards, because the Truth of the matter is that there is NO AUTHENTIC HALAL STANDARD YET!
The fact that this meat has been involved in a ritual, dedicating it to a foreign god – Allah, is surely enough to warrant the labelling of this meat, as ‘Ritually Slaughtered’ – let’s call it ‘RS’ Meat.
Surely it is ILLEGAL to sell Halal or Haram Ritually Slaughtered meat & poultry to us UNLABELLED, as if it is the Conventional Meat we are looking for?
‘RS’ also stands for ‘Religious Standard’ and can cover ALL halal certified products too – whether Food or Non-Food.
‘RS’ can be used as a sign on all halal certified services and businesses that have gone down the halal compliance route to fulfil a ‘Religious Standard’.
We should not be relying on less than 5% Muslim minority for mainstream Consumer Information – that is the job of our elected Government and it is also the job of the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, who should be writing the necessary Policy to enforce proper labelling, so that we can make a reasoned choice about what we are buying.
We have been sharing a clear labelling idea since 2011 that will avoid ALL loopholes and overcome the problem of authenticity… but we are still waiting for it to be considered and implemented. See it here…
We suggest a ‘RS’ Label is required for ALL Halal Certified products & services
Here is why…… see this article next:
Unfair Trading – ‘RS’ Label Required
We need to know what we are buying and eating and we want to know if products & services are following a religious standard, or are traditional to our nation… LABEL HALAL!
PLEASE BOYCOTT HALAL MEAT & the Rejected HARAM meat from Halal Slaughterhouses.
We must stop buying it to reduce demand and curb the supply – and insist on conventional meat that has been properly stunned.
You are in for a treat – you will taste the difference!
Improve Animal Welfare in Abattoirs – We owe the animal respect says Professor Temple Grandin
As intelligent beings we humans can ensure the animals we eat lead good lives and die painlessly and without stress, indeed I believe we have a moral duty to ensure this.
Quote from a Doctor of Animal Science & University Professor…
“I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.”
There is a lot of wrong doing in the Meat industry – we really must insist on change!
The top priority must be higher standards of animal welfare at the time of slaughter.
We really must raise the standards in our abattoirs in a way that is fitting for the 21st Century.
Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, best selling author, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour.
As a person with high-functioning autism she cannot lie.
When I design livestock-handling equipment, I can test-run the system in my head. It was easy for me to figure out how animals think and how animals would react because I think visually. Animals don’t think in language. They think in pictures. It’s very easy for me to imagine what would it be like to go through a system if you really were a cow, not a person in a cow costume but really were a cow, and autistic senses and emotions are more like the senses of an animal.
By serving as an advocate and speaker for the animal, Dr. Grandin has changed the demands placed on operations; by explaining the financial and other benefits to operators, she has also helped them justify the outlay in changes and building updates.
“Humane Livestock Handling” is required reading in every college and university level course on the subject today. Her thoughts and words have become a constant guardian of the animal through the new generations of cattle ranchers and slaughter house operators that now slowly enter the industry.
So it makes us wonder how the 21st Century Scholars of Islam can be so out of step…
NOW in the 21st Century the Scholars of Islam insist on Non-Stun Ritual Slaughter and have issued a Fatwa On Stunning.
See it here on the Official website for ANSA – The Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs
Fatwa from Darul Ifta, Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi regarding stunning and other practices in the Halal meat industry
It is such a disturbing fact that more & more of our slaughterhouses are reverting back to 7th Century Halal Ritual Slaughter practices!
THIS HAS GOT TO STOP!
See the difference on this video between the traditional British way of slaughter and the muslim way…
WARNING – This video has scenes which are disturbing!
THIS IS HALAL (Advice: Over 18s Only)
WHY could this be happening???
Unnecessary animal cruelty is accompanied by much wrong doing… this is a quote from a muslim website – when you open the page – See Question 4 which says…
Some Halal meat supplying companies operating in the Halal meat industry in the UK abuse the law and voluntarily liquidate their companies after operating for some time, and by doing so free themselves of their accumulated debt, and then without paying their govt. taxes and debts owed to the farmers they open another company under another name and start operating again. In this way they undercut other law abiding companies engaged in providing Halal meat. These people are a cause of disrepute to the whole Halal meat industry, and they are one of the main reasons why many shortcuts and bad practices aimed at cost cutting have been introduced into the industry. Would Muslim certification bodies be justified denying certification to these companies?
This fatwa was issued in the lead article of the fourth issue of Inspire magazine, which was published on January 16, 2011, Yemeni-American jihadi cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki encourages jihadists living in the West to assist the financing of jihadi activities through any means possible – including theft, embezzlement and seizure of property. The U.S. government, and U.S. citizens are singled out as prime targets for these acts.
Jihad and Terrorism Threat
Apart from the halal industry, there are many other ills in the animal handling industry… Not all of which are purely financially motivated or callous, but often stem from an misunderstanding of the needs and wants of animals.
Slaughterhouses must adapt. It’s not just the financially sound and humane thing to do, it also brings about better operations and better human/animal interactions with all the benefits that brings.
BOYCOTT HALAL and let’s aim by 2020 to transform our slaughterhouses
– get operations working closely or completely within Temple Grandin’s design.
Humane Livestock Handling
Beef Cattle Behaviour, Handling and Facility Design Set
Transcript of Temple Grandin: The Woman Who Talks to Animals
Whether vegan, vegetarian or meat eaters, we all benefit in so many ways from the use of animal bi-products in our modern world…
See the following video to find out how pig parts make the world turn…
Christien Meindertsma, author of “Pig 05049” looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts.
VIDEO: Christien Meindertsma: How pig parts make the world turn
IMPROVE ANIMAL WELFARE IN ABATTOIRS – NOW!
One expects to find this RED TRACTOR Food Standards Authority (FSA) logo on foods that have been well prepared to a good standard… but sadly it seems that this logo is now the sign of what is probably Halal Ritually Slaughtered meat according to all the largest British supermarket chains.
This was the disturbing findings of The Asian Tribune headlines on 24th July 2012
You would think looking at the logo that meat sold with this assured food standard is 100% British, but on contacting all major supermarkets, I was shocked to learn that in fact the standard means nothing and we are in fact eating Halal meat blessed with Islamic prayers and the animal having its throat cut until the blood drains out.
In some cases it takes as long as six minutes for the animal to die even when stunned.
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) blasts Red Tractor on welfare
“Red Tractor assures little more than compliance with minimum legislation,”
said CIWF chief executive Philip Lymbery in this article…
The Red Tractor symbol was first put on Halal Meat when JANAN MEATS, one of the Leading Suppliers of Halal Meat, was Awarded the Red Tractor.
Janan Meats is part of the Pitstock Group which is controlled by Naved Syed – a very influential muslim in this country who is also on the EBLEX (Eblex – The organisation for the English beef and sheep industry) Halal Steering Committee along with supermarket representatives eg. from ASDA… all hell bent on distributing halal meat mainstream in Britain & Europe & beyond.
Janan Meats is first independent abattoir to gain Red Tractor Award
Freya, nominated by her mum, Julie, was chosen as the winner because she supports her busy mum and dad in the kitchen and loves to cook Sunday lunch for friends and family.
“Freya loves to shop for her ingredients, and always makes a point of picking products with the Red Tractor logo on it, she knows this means the food has been produced to good standards.”
When walking into any British supermarket they all pride themselves on selling British products where possible , this can be seen in any meat section at Asda,Tesco and Waitrose to name a few.
But do we know what we are eating?
To help us we see logo’s like Red Tractor which guarantees:
– High standards of food safety and hygiene
– High Standards of animal welfare
– High Standards of Environmental protection
You would think looking at the logo that meat sold with this assured food standard is 100% British, but on contacting all major supermarkets, I was shocked to learn that in fact the standard means nothing and we are in fact eating Halal meat blessed with Islamic prayers and the animal having its throat cut until the blood drains out. In some cases it takes as long as six minutes for the animal to die even when stunned.
This practice of the Red Tractor logo appearing on halal meat is now common place according to Tescos who says…
“We sell Halal meat in our stores to meet customer demand and to demonstrate that everyone is welcome at Tesco.”
Better still BOYCOTT TESCO & write to them to let them know why.
|European Parliament resolution of 4 July 2012 on the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012–2015 (2012/2043(INI))|
WE ALL NEED TO WRITE TO OUR MEPs TO URGE THEM TO SUPPORT THIS BILL
We should all be writing to our MEPs to get them to support this:
European Parliament resolution of 4 July 2012 on the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012–2015
(2012/2043(INI)) See 49 & 50 & 67
Texts adopted Wednesday, 4 July 2012 – Strasbourg
Strategy for the protection and welfare of animals
49. Points to the concern among European citizens, expressed through their petitions to Parliament, about abuse of the derogations for un-stunned slaughtering in the EU; is particularly concerned that the current derogation for un-stunned slaughter is abused to a large extent in some Member States, to the detriment of animal welfare, of farmers and of consumers; urges the Commission to accelerate its evaluation on the labelling of meat from animals slaughtered without stunning and to present its report before 2013, following its commitment to undertake this evaluation in 2011; highlights that the question of consumers not being informed as to whether or not the meat they are buying is from animals slaughtered without stunning is an issue of great public interest for reasons of both transparency and animal suffering; underlines, however, that labelling is not an alternative to proper enforcement as it can only guide consumers if the information provided is verified and correct;
50. Stresses the need to establish more effective protection measures for animals which are exported from the EU to third countries for slaughter;
See also the importance of 67.
67. Recalls that the Parliament considers that such a Framework Law should not prevent producers from introducing voluntary systems which go beyond EU rules, and believes that those systems should also be science based and could be promoted by certified and cohesive labels; calls on the Commission to build on its communication COM(2009)0584 by producing a study, if appropriate accompanied by legislative proposals, on EU-wide labelling schemes for meat and dairy products, aimed at informing consumers about the farming methods used, and their impact on the welfare of animals, to achieve the maximum effective and consistent transparency and communication to consumers;
See this EU Document particularly: – See 49 & 50 & 67
European Parliament resolution of 4 July 2012 on the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012–2015 (2012/2043(INI))
We need to look into this more deeply as there may be other relevant clauses that we need to highlight that are more obscure at the moment.
WRITE TO YOUR MEPs NOW
If you are resident in UK you can write to your MEPs (I have 5!)
Ensure you write and ask all UKIP Members to Vote this time… their Party’s policy is usually not to vote for any EU directives but we must urge them to vote on this resolution.
Find out who your MEPs are by adding your postcode to this Government Website where you can write to them for Free…
Yes! All it will cost is your time click here:
WRITE TO THEM
HALAL RITUAL SLAUGHTER IN FRANCE
Halal meat is not clearly labelled there is no transparency, so customers do not know the livestock was ritually slaughtered.
100 % of animals in some areas of France are now killed in this disgraceful way, yet Muslims represent only 7% of the population.
The reason for this it is cheaper not to stun and with the rise of halal slaughter a dangerous precedent is being set…
Customers are Misled into buying Halal
The situation is getting increasingly worse
Outdated 7th Century Halal Slaughter increasing
Customers Misled into buying Halal
Halal products & services are not clearly labelled there is no transparency, so customers unwittingly buy halal and do not know the livestock endured ritual slaughter.
Customers have been deliberately deceived since Bruno Mayor and Hortefeux, the former Minister of Agriculture and interior minister, opposed the labelling of meat & defeated the proposal adopted by the European Parliament in April 2011 which called for individual countries to ensure a traceability through labeling which states the conditions of slaughter.
La différence, soit la plus grosse partie des viandes issues de ce type d’abattage, se retrouve dans le circuit classique à l’insu des consommateurs volontairement trompés puisque Bruno Le Maire et Brice Hortefeux, lorsqu’ils étaient respectivement ministre de l’Agriculture et ministre de l’Intérieur, se sont opposés à l’étiquetage des viandes et ont mis en échec la proposition adoptée par le Parlement européen, en avril 2011, d’une traçabilité passant par un étiquetage précisant les conditions d’abattage des animaux.
Interview (in French) with Brigitte Bardot
Interview with Brigitte Bardot she denounced the secrecy of Halal meat in France & challenged Hortefeux Bruno Lemaire for not enforcing French law on Halal ritual slaughter.
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation – Fondation Brigitte Bardot
Follow Up… Brigitte Bardot has requested a meeting with Stéphane Le Foll, new Minister of Agriculture
The situation is getting increasingly worse
– There is an increasingly growing vast over-production of halal meat in France –
– Halal production is increasing despite public demonstrations to stop new abattoirs –
– Farmers are pressurised into halal production –
Outdated 7th Century Halal Slaughter increasing
In its report of scientific expertise on animal pain (2009), INRA indicates that slaughtered cattle can take up to 14 minutes before losing consciousness …
14 minutes of extreme agony and suffering!
Abattage Rituel halal WARNING! Video Horror!
Voilà ce que mange les Franciliens à l’heure insu la plus totale ! Dixit l’interview à la fin de la vidéo du “boucher”.
Le Gouvernement Français cautionne cette barbarie animale !!!
Slaughter & inspection
South Africa’s largest chicken slaughter plants under investigation… See Chicken Slaughter Plant Inspection video.
chicken cruelty “animal cruelty” – halaal halal “south africa” rainbow “early bird”
This video investigates the amount of chickens slaughtered each month/week, the amount of slaughterers, the speed of slaughter, and if inspection of each chicken is really done.
Includes recorded speech of processing directors of South Africa’s largest chicken slaughter plants.
Chicken Slaughter Plant Inspection video
No need to get your Calculators out… Something very wrong here.