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Slaughtering animals by halal or kosher methods that are not intended for consumption by Muslims/Jews is illegal according to this government letter:

http://www.shariahprogram.ca/eat-halal-foods/welfare-lifestock-slaughter.shtml

Halal slaughter for consumption by non-Muslims is illegal

Also latest government guidelines: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/halal-and-kosher-slaughter

  • Country: 
    European Union
    News Date: 
    26/02/2019
    Summary: 

    Meat from animals slaughtered without pre-stunning does not meet sufficiently high animal welfare standards to be labelled organic, the European Court of Justice has found. The EU's top court today  non-stun slaughter "fails to observe the highest animal welfare standards" and breaks regu

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    08/02/2019
    Summary: 

    The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) have  for an end to the exception granted to certain religious groups that allows animals to be killed without pre-slaughter. Humanists UK, which campaigns for an end to non-stunned slaughter in the UK due to its inhumane nature and the unnecessary suffering it causes t

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    09/02/2019
    Summary: 

    The Oxford college which cut octopus from its menu in the name of inclusivity has now voted to ban Halal and Kosher meat, citing animal welfare concerns. 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    08/01/2019
    Summary: 

    BVA has responded as new legislation banning the slaughter of animals without prior stunning comes into effect in parts of Belgium. The ban in the Flanders region of the country was put in place on New Year’s Day, following on from legislation that was passed by Belgium’s parliament in July 2017.  Similar restrictions are expected to be implemented in the country’s Wallonia region from September.

  • Summary: 

    Is the ready availability of halal food and halal products in the West just a harmless aspect of multiculturalism, or is it an indication of something much more sinister? That various groups in Australia and elsewhere might want to avail themselves of special and specific foods is one thing.

    But if this is part of a larger attempt to make free and democratic nations sharia-compliant, then we may well need to sit up and take notice. The truth is, creeping sharia is well under way throughout the West, and halal foods are in fact a part of all this. I have already written about the matter, and encourage you to look at some of my earlier pieces on this: 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/01/2019
    Summary: 

    "These mendacious silencing tactics must be called out for what they are.

    "These councillors are dismissing the concerns of Kirklees residents who do not wish their council to supply this meat to children, including Muslims who reject the hardline interpretations of Islam that the council has effectively endorsed." Indeed the council's policy flies in the face of the fact that the majority of halal meat consumed by Muslims in the UK is from animals stunned prior to slaughter.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    15/08/2018
    Summary: 

    An animal sanctuary which exposed abuse at a Halal slaughterhouse in south Norfolk said today it was shocked at the “lenient” sentences given to the men behind the abuse.

  • Summary: 

    The halal market hasn’t stopped growing since the 1980s. But according to anthropologist Florence Bergeaud-Blackler, author of the new book “The Halal Market or The Invention of a Tradition”, buying halal is not a religious obligation. Food, clothing cosmetics, banks… The halal certification label is everywhere. But is it a religious obligation? Not according to .

  • Country: 
    Belgium
    News Date: 
    05/01/2019
    Summary: 

    A Belgian ban on the Muslim and Jewish ways of ritually slaughtering animals went into effect on New Year’s Day, part of a clash across Europe over the balance between animal welfare and religious freedom.

  • Summary: 

    What do you do if companies, butchers, supermarkets etc won't tell you what is slaughtered to Halal/Kosher methods?  How can you as a non-Jew/Muslim make an informed choice?
    I find it ironic that the most common excuse for selling unlabelled/unidentified Halal/Kosher meat/poultry is that just because they didn't ask for it to be Halal they don't feel they have any obligation to label it as such!  Why don't they just ask for it not to be Halal/Kosher?

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    08/04/2017
    Summary: 

    ONE of Britain's largest halal slaughterhouses is being investigated over claims of animal cruelty. Undercover filming reportedly shows a worker repeated hacking at the necks of sheep with a knife as they pass on the conveyor belt.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    28/11/2012
    Summary: 

    MUSLIM parents are being urged not to allow their children to eat meat at school over concerns that the produce is not being prepared correctly. Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) issued a warning after it said it found that suppliers providing meat and chicken to Lancashire County Council (LCC) for use in schools were not maintaining the high halal standards they expected.

    But LCC has assured worried parents that their halal options were all sourced from accredited suppliers.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    18/11/2018
    Summary: 

    Update list of halal meat suppliers.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    06/05/2016
    Summary: 

    In a slaughterhouse awash with blood, a frightened  ’s eyes widen in fear as the machinery it is trapped in raises its head so a knife-wielding butcher can hack open its neck. Seconds later, as the  out in pain and panic, a bolt is shot through its brain to stop it injuring workers who yank it up upside down on

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    18/04/2018
    Summary: 

    Traditional Halal Limited has launched its stun-free certification scheme.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    16/11/2018
    Summary: 

    The NSS said non-stunned meat is reaching at least 140 schools, the significant majority of which are not Islamic faith schools. It said too many councils had bowed to a hardline interpretation of Islam, adding that the government should repeal the religious exemption to the UK's animal welfare laws.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    18/10/2018
    Summary: 

    At least 18 councils across the UK are supplying non-stunned halal meat to dozens of schools, NSS research has revealed. The NSS has found that around one in 10 councils provide non-stunned meat to schools, reaching thousands of children across Britain.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    31/12/2011
    Summary: 

    Muslim MPs and peers have been told they cannot have meat slaughtered in line with Islamic tradition because the method – slitting an animal’s throat without first stunning it – is offensive to many of their non-Muslim colleagues. The stance has infuriated some parliamentarians who have eaten meat in the Palace’s 23 restaurants and cafes, having been assured that it was halal. Lord Ahmed of Rotherham said: ‘I did feel misled.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/12/2006
    Summary: 

    Halal meat is being served to pupils in state schools without their knowledge, even if they believe the religious slaughter is cruel. Parents have reacted furiously after being sent letters telling them their children's school dinners have been all-halal for 'some time'.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    30/08/2018
    Summary: 

    Three children from a Muslim family have been sent to school with ‘Halal only’ signs stuck to their chests after they were served non-halal food. Talib Hussain claims that his children were served the food on at least six occasions and the school has now been forced to apologise. oodside Academy in Bradford, West Yorkshire, has said it is sorry for the mistake which Mr Hussain says amounts to negligence.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    13/07/2018
    Summary: 

    A council has banned meat from animals that have not been stunned from council-supplied school meals, prompting accusations of Islamophobia and antisemitism. Lancashire county council voted on Thursday to stop providing halal meat to council establishments unless animals were stunned before slaughtered. The decision ignored the result of a public consultation in which  strongly disagreed with the proposal.

  • Summary: 

    As a former Shadow Minister for Animal Welfare and current Secretary to the Animal Welfare All Party Parliamentary Group, I have long felt that the refusal of certain religious groups to stun animals prior to slaughter is a cold, brutal and inhumane practice and I have recently expressed my support for Mr Blackwell’s statement.

    My reason for this is quite simple:  Reports from several different organisations have demonstrated that animals which are not stunned prior to slaughter feel considerable pain before death.  The European Dialrel Project, for instance, which sought to encourage dialogue on religious slaughter, found that “pain, suffering and distress” during the throat cut was disturbingly commonplace in the 200 references it considered, while a report from the U.K. Farm Animal Welfare Council and another published in the New Zealand Veterinary Journal have reached similar conclusions.

  • Country: 
    Denmark
    News Date: 
    18/02/2014
    Summary: 

    Denmark’s government has brought in a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of halal and kosher meat, after years of campaigning from welfare activists.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    10/03/2018
    Summary: 

    The number of animals slaughtered without stunning has dramatically increased in recent years in the UK due to the demand of the UK Muslim population demanding prophetic slaughtered halal meat. From April to June of 2017, 24.4% of sheep and goats were killed without stunning, a rise from 15% in 2013. Around 40 million cattle, sheep, pigs and calves and around 900 million poultry are killed each year in the UK.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    22/09/2017
    Summary: 

    We’ve been opposing non-stun slaughter for decades but the release of new statistics brings fresh light to this crucial topic. In September 2017, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published data that included new statistics on the number of animals that were slaughtered for religious purposes without being stunned in England and WalesThis is the first time that data on this issue has been collected since 2015 and it suggests a significant increase. We’re very concerned about this.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    22/02/2018
    Summary: 

    The majority of slaughterhouses producing non-stunned halal meat in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland have  in the last three years by the Food Standards Agency. Only one in seven other slaughterhouses have done likewise. Data has revealed that non-stun slaughterhouses are also failing to maintain the hygiene standards required by law.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    08/02/2018
    Summary: 

    The British government is seeking to use Brexit as an opportunity to introduce the long-discussed labelling of meat to indicate whether the animals were humanely stunned before slaughter, or whether this treatment was withheld for religious reasons, it said Wednesday.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    04/01/2018
    Summary: 

    Meat from animals which have not been stunned before slaughter is widespread in UK supermarkets, National Secular Society research has found.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    01/01/2018
    Summary: 

    Plant numbers can be cross-referenced with list of halal ones here

  • Summary: 

    Hillside Farm Animal Investigators placed hidden cameras inside a UK non stun Halal slaughterhouse. The following film, which you may find disturbing, shows just extracts of the many hours of footage we recorded...

    Notice

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    25/09/2010
    Summary: 

    Britain's biggest supermarket chains are selling halal lamb and chicken without telling unsuspecting shoppers. Those stocking meat slaughtered according to Islamic law include Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Somerfield and the Co-op. And a Mail on Sunday investigation has found that fast-food chains including Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, KFC, ­Nando’s and Subway are also using halal meat without ­telling customers. But the UK’s second-biggest supermarket, Asda, has refused to confirm or deny whether it sells halal meat.

  • News Date: 
    26/11/2017
    Summary: 

    There are about 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, most of whom only consume halal meat. The Arabic word "halal" means permissible, and in relation to food, refers to meat and meat-containing products that are prepared on the basis of Islamic law. It involves slaughtering animals according to Muslim tradition. 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    27/10/2017
    Summary: 
    • 27 Lancashire schools serve meat from halal suppliers that don't stun animals 
    • But council's Conservative leader proposed a ban, which has now been passed 
    • Raises prospect of another boycott of halal meat in schools by Muslim children

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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    26/10/2017
    Summary: 

    The National Secular Society has welcomed a decision from Lancashire County Council to only supply halal meat from animals that have been stunned before slaughter to schools.

    Admin: Partial victory.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    10/10/2017
    Summary: 

    New figures released by the Food Standards Agency have revealed a  in the number of animals being slaughtered in the halal tradition without being pre-stunned. Between April and June this year 24.4% of sheep and goats were slaughtered in this way, up from 15% in 2013. Similarly, the number of poultry killed without stunning rose from 3% to 18.5% in the same period.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    21/06/2009
    Summary: 

    Religious slaughter techniques practised by Jews and Muslims are cruel and should be ended, says a scientific assessment from the Government's animal welfare advisers.

    The Farm Animal Welfare Council says that slitting the throats of the animals most commonly used for meat, chickens, without stunning, results in "significant pain and distress". The committee, which includes scientific, agricultural and veterinary experts, is calling for the Government to launch a debate with Muslim and Jewish communities to end the practice.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    29/09/2017
    Summary: 

    We've joined forces with the British Veterinary Association to call for an outright ban on non-stunned slaughter. Help us call on the Welsh Government to take action to stop farmed animals being slaughtered while fully conscious.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    26/09/2017
    Summary: 

    A school in  has left parents outraged after it proposed only serving halal meat in the canteen.

  • Summary: 

    WARNING: This video contains extremely unpleasant scenes

  • Summary: 

    Some animals killed for halal meat in the UK are stunned electrically before their throats are slit, known as "pre-stunned slaughter". The  approves of low-voltage electrified water baths to stun poultry and electric tong stunning for sheep and goats. However, it is forbidden to use methods of stunning that can actually kill the animal, such as bolt guns. Animals not killed by ritual slaughter are considered carrion meat, which is haram.

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    Animal health experts and campaigners disagree. The RSPCA argues that killing animals without stunning them causes "unnecessary suffering", while activist group  calls halal slaughter "prolonged torment", saying the animals "fight and gasp for their last breath, struggling to stand while the blood drains from their necks".

    The British Veterinary Association calls for all animals to be effectively stunned before slaughter, while the  says cutting an animal's throat is "such a massive injury [that it] would result in very significant pain and distress in the period before insensibility supervenes".

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    18/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Lancashire Councillors are to be given a free vote on whether school children across the country should be fed ‘halal’ meat from animals that have had their throats slit without being stunned.

    Admin: Government guidelines say halal and kosher meat must only be produced for comsumption by Muslims/Jews.

     

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    12/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Animal welfare standards are being unnecessarily lowered by a sharp rise in the slaughter of unstunned animals, say vets. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) said the increase over just two years in the number of animals having their throats cut without first being stunned was of grave concern and was a major welfare issue. Slaughter without stunning for religious purposes, known as halal, was first allowed in the UK in 2013 after the EU adopted legislation permitting it. See also: 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    15/10/2015
    Summary: 

    You must meet all of the following requirements for halal and kosher religious slaughter:

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    08/05/2014
    Summary: 

    It has emerged a majority of New Zealand lamb sold in UK supermarkets comes from halal abattoirs in order to ensure it can be sold to both Muslim and non-Muslim nations. Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer have all confirmed selling the imported meat. This chart shows which supermarkets, fast food chains and restaurants stock sell halal meat, and how it is packaged.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/08/2017
    Summary: 

    The government plans to force all abattoirs in the country to install CCTV amidst concerns that Islamic halal slaughterhouses are inflicting unnecessary cruelty on animals. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has proposed the cameras are placed in all areas where live animals are present with official vets given unrestricted access to the footage

  • Poll reveals most Brits want halal slaughter of conscious animals to be banned

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