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Emma B BS: Halal Meat on sale in the UK (98* d) RE: BS: Halal Meat on sale in the UK 20 Sep 10

I was a bit surprised by this post as, as one person commented,
"Halal meat has been on sale in the UK for long time, so it's not exactly news."

So why post this now when there have been various 'campaigns' and controversies for several years?

It seems there is a new 'shock horror campaign' by the Mail which announced on Sunday

" hundreds of pubs and restaurants in Britain, as well as top racecourses, schools and hospitals, now only serve chicken that has been ritually slaughtered according to Sharia Law."

As Paul Burke pointed out
"There are shops serving kosher meat, too."
In fact the original article link reports
"a concession has been made allowing slaughter of animals in the traditional way, whether Halal or Kosher"

Describing Kosher slaughter in "ETHICAL CONUNDRUMS"

" I can't speak for Halal slaughter, but I do know about Kosher slaughter of animals. The "Shochet" - slaughterer - uses a special knife which has to be incredibly sharp and completely smooth (any nicks in the blade might tear the animal's flesh on the way down and cause pain). The knife should be able to cut smoothly and cleanly through the neck. The cut is made in a specific place in the neck, and although death isn't instantaneous (NO METHOD OF SLAUGHTER IS), the animal loses consciousness immediately due to the sudden drop of blood pressure in the head. Complete death results shortly after.
As a comparison, let's look at some other methods of slaughter which are used. The "Captive Bolt Gun". Imagine a normal gun, but the bullet has a string attached to it so it flies out of the barrel, but can be reset and re-loaded again leaving nothing behind. Now take an animal, press this up against its skull and fire. Bolt goes into skull and pulled out again. Requires 4-5 shots normally to cause complete death, during which animal is in agony

Andů. according to the OP's link
"some studies in the past claiming to show that when it's well done, there's minimal pain felt"

So let's spell this outů..

This is not 'news' in any normal use of the word

Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: a London Case Study reveals

"how perpetrators of hate-crimes against Muslims are invariably motivated by a negative view of Muslims acquired from mainstream or extremist nationalist media reports or commentaries."

(Using "empirical evidence that demonstrates tangible links between Islamophobia or anti-Muslim bigotry in both
(i) mainstream political and media discourse and
(ii) extremist nationalist discourse and anti-Muslim hate crimes.")

The 'mainstream' constant negative 'drip drip' stories about Islam in publications like The Mail are even more disturbing as they subtly conceal the more obvious blatant racism of the publications of extremist groups.

'Facts' such as those stated by Gurney are irrelevant in such articles instead we are informed that the practice is banned altogether in New Zealand!

I have been to abattoirs in the UK and I can only agree there is no truly humane method of slaughter - if you eat meat and are not prepared to kill your own then be prepared to accept this.

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