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Halal slaughterhouse in Britain under investigation for animal cruelty

Sean Poulter: ‘One of the largest halal slaughterhouses in Britain is being investigated over allegations of animal cruelty. Undercover filming claims to show a slaughterman repeatedly sawing at the necks of sheep with a knife as they pass down a conveyor belt. The animals appear not to have been killed instantly – as should be the case – and some were seen fitting and jumping as they went down the line… The slaughterhouse at Dunnockshaw Farm, near Burnley, is owned by the Malik Food Group, which claims to be ‘the UK’s leading processor of Premium Halal Mutton, Lamb and Beef’… The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has now launched an inquiry based on the footage. It has taken steps to ban the slaughterman involved and could bring a criminal prosecution…

In theory, halal slaughter is designed to meet the religious requirements of the Islamic faith, which forbids the stunning of animals prior to having their throats cut… Conventional slaughterhouses stun animals with a bolt gun or electric shock to render them unconscious while they are killed. Under a strict interpretation of Islamic law, the pre-stunning of the animals is not allowed. Pre-stunning of animals is also barred under the Jewish slaughter system’. SOURCE…

 

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