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The method of animal slaughter used by Jews and Muslims should be banned immediately, according to an independent advisory group.
The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), which advises the government on how to avoid cruelty to livestock, says the way Kosher and Halal meat is produced causes severe suffering to animals. Source

Both the Jewish and Muslim religions demand that slaughter is carried out with a single cut to the throat, rather than the more widespread method of stunning with a captive bolt into the head before slaughter.

It is impossible to find out how many animals are killed in halal abattoirs. The last Labour administration ordered the Meat Hygiene Service to stop keeping records. It was ostensibly a cost-cutting measure, but animal welfare groups fear it was to help disguise the rapid growth of the halal meat industry.

However, the last available figures, from 2004, suggest that 114 million halal animals and 2.1 million kosher ones were killed annually.

Halal meat is being routinely served at some of Britain’s most popular sporting venues, pubs, schools and hospitals without the public’s knowledge, it has emerged. 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.

Informed Choice
SDAH agrees with The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) that this barbaric practice has no place in the UK and should be banned full stop. The majority of UK Citizens are against this method of slaughter and do not consent to eating meat that has been produced this way. At present people have no freedom of choice whatsoever when eating out or shopping at their local supermarkets, SDAH are campaigning to ban this cruelty with your help.

YouGov Survey: A helping of Halal Results


The RSPCA recognises religious beliefs and practices should be respected. We also believe it is important to ensure animals are slaughtered under the most humane conditions possible. Scientific research has clearly demonstrated that slaughter of an animal without stunning can cause unnecessary suffering. Source

The Farm Animal Welfare Council's own research states that animals can suffer when ritually slaughtered. The RSPCA seem to be pushing in the direction for clearer labelling of welfare standards on meat. As the largest animal welfare organisation in the UK they seem to be sitting on the fence and are losing the support of many long term supporters who feel they should be more proactive in calling for a outright ban.

British Veterinary Association

Non-stun slaughter: BVA reiterates call for ban (2 January 2013)

The BVA has written to the Secretary of State at Defra and to the Ministers in Wales and Northern Ireland reiterating our strong views and urging governments to consider again our call for a ban on non-stun slaughter. Source

The BVA are actively calling for animal welfare first and must be commended for their call for a ban on ritual slaughter. They also highlight concerns that a significant proportion of meat from non-stun slaughter is going outside the communities for which it was intended, this is illegal under UK Law.



Defra grants £366,000 to Halal food park in Banham

The money comes from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and will be used to buy equipment to make burgers and sausages in the park’s meat processing facility. Source


Take action Now!
Write to your local MP and let them know that you Do Not Consent to eating food produced by this method of slaughter.
  • Polish ritual slaughter illegal, court rules Source
  • Halal and kosher hit by Dutch ban Source
  • Slaughter without prior stunning has been banned in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Sweden.
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