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Do you want halal meat?

September 20, 2010

If you’re in Britain, you might be eating halal meat without knowing so.

A Mail on Sunday investigation – which will alarm anyone concerned about animal cruelty – has revealed that schools, hospitals, pubs and famous sporting venues such as Ascot and Twickenham are controversially serving up meat slaughtered in accordance with strict Islamic law to unwitting members of the public.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1313303/Britain-goes-halal—tells-public.html#ixzz108kENNB1

Honestly, I don’t have anything against eating halal meat.  I assume that I’ve eaten it at a Pakistani restaurant in Saskatoon as well as at a Muslim wedding reception.  Kosher foods don’t bother me either.  The meat isn’t affected by some words chanted during the slaughter.  I do think that it is wrong for a public facility like a school or hospital to only purchase meat from halal butchers.  If the purchase is tendered and the Muslim butcher has the superior bid (best meat at best price), then buy from them.  Otherwise, buy from the normal butcher.  To purchase only from members of one religious group is not fair and a potential waste of taxpayer dollars.

Of course, if the meat is halal, it should be labelled as such.  Why not just label it correctly?

I’m more concerned with truth in marketing and consumer labelling.  Do you remember H67 Donair?  That’s the Saskatoon restaurant which sells “sausage”, “pepperoni”, “bacon” and “ham” which are actually fake, halal, non-pork versions.  Muslims get halal pizza while non-Muslims get lies.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. afshana permalink
    October 4, 2010 5:31 am

    The link that you gave had this: “‘We don’t specify halal as a requirement in our procurement. We base our ­decision on QUALITY and PRICE.” (emphasis mine)

    You said: “If the purchase is tendered and the Muslim butcher has the superior bid (best meat at best price), then buy from them. ”

    SO THEN WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM???

    • Michele permalink*
      October 4, 2010 10:29 am

      My problem is with organizations which ONLY purchase halal meat.

      Schools should not do this. Hospitals should not do this. Government departments should not do this.

    • Michele permalink*
      October 4, 2010 10:30 am

      Why are you so angry?

  2. crazybengal permalink*
    October 4, 2010 7:57 am

    The problem (and did you know that using caps is the same thing as a child screaming?) is that many people would be horrified to eat meat slaughtered according to halal methods as the animal is not permitted a swift and painless death? It is slowly bled out. Think about it. A terrified animal has its throat slashed and then is allowed to slowly bleed to death. That is the problem. If the meat is halal, it should be identified as such. And then people should be able to decide if they want to eat it…or not.

  3. afshana permalink
    October 4, 2010 10:27 am

    No, using caps is NOT the same as a child screaming…it is my way to emphasize words…that’s the only way i can do it here as there is no underlining, italics, or boldface available to me…Michele said and I quote: “If the purchase is tendered and the Muslim butcher has the superior bid (best meat at best price), then buy from them. ” She NEVER said anything about it being less humane…and this is one more thing we can argue about until the cows come home.

  4. afshana permalink
    October 4, 2010 10:28 am

    “With the halal method of slaughter, there was not change in the EEG graph for the first three seconds after the incision was made, indicating that the animal did not feel any pain from the cut itself…Using the Western method, the animals were apparently unconscious after stunning, and this method of dispatch would appear to be much more peaceful for the onlooker. However, the EEG readings indicated severe pain immediately after stunning.”

    http://www.mustaqim.co.uk/halal.htm

  5. crazybengal permalink*
    October 4, 2010 10:46 am

    I would want the meat to be identified as halal. You should be able to decide if you want to eat animals that have been ritually slaughtered. Temple Grandin has done evaluation and extensive studies of stress and pain in slaughter and there are problems with all methods.

  6. afshana permalink
    October 4, 2010 11:17 am

    me angry? nahhhhhh

  7. J Austen permalink
    April 3, 2012 6:32 pm

    LOL I see a trend. Michele has a secret anti-muslim bias that she bring out in all her posts that are against Halal meat. Here and there she will do her best to bring down the Halal concept and point to how the hostile halal-takeover is infringing upon her civil rights. Take a break from you cyber trolling and go for a run by the river Michele….your world is still intact and halal-hating is only gonna get you as far as all your posts so far have gotten you….Learn to love and accept! If anything, I personally lived for 35 years in Muslim countries and find the Halal meat much less ‘bloody’ due to the process and prefer it over non-halal meat. Other than that, there is no difference and you need to chill the flip out!

  8. Ivory permalink
    June 24, 2012 8:25 am

    Personally, I think the process of butchering animals correctly (note the world CORRECTL|Y) in the manner prescribed to make it halal is better than non-halal meat.

    Why? Because if the butcher is doing it correctly, the animal is being cut straight at the jugular vein which is instant death, draining of blood, and no unnecessary pain and prolonged pain.

    Regular methods are horrific! Electrocution, chopping necks on machine (when you cut off a neck, the animal can feel the pain and stays alive for an extra minute or two), or beating animals.

    However, sadly, many unethical butchers of halal meat also beat up and unnecessarily torture the animals before slaughter. However, I think it’s up to organizations or individuals to monitor regularly the way these butchers are slaughtering the animals, and boycott any butcher or meat organization that is involved in animal cruelty.

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