WARNING: This report contains graphic images A halal slaughterhouse where workers were secretly filmed abusing animals has
WARNING: This report contains graphic content, viewer discretion is advised. A halal slaughterhouse where workers were secretly
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Universities are serving halal meat to their students, including Sikhs and Hindus who cannot eat halal on religious grounds
The recent anti-halal hysteria has nothing to do with the welfare of animals. It's just good old-fashioned Islamophobia. This is not to say that some people don't have sincere concerns about the way in which animals are slaughtered: they do. But these are not the people now jumping on the anti-halal bandwagon.
EU and UK law requires that all animals must be stunned before slaughter. However there is an exemption for religious communities. A loophole that must be closed.
I'm getting increasing concerned about this spinning of old stories and the re-presenting of it as breaking news. It seems to be happening more and more. I can understand a slow news day; you do need a dead donkey to drop if something happens.
This halal meat fiasco has two separate elements to it: (i) the halal meat creeping into restaurant menus; and (ii) the incorrect presumption that slaughtering an animal is more cruel than "stunning" by electrocution, drowning, bashing it over the head or whatever else is in vogue.
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The debate surrounding both regulations upon halal slaughter and the sale of halal meat in commercial outlets is an important one. There are the legitimate concerns of various groups in the debate surrounding Halal meat in the UK, but these concerns were likely not at the root of The Sun and The Daily Mail's decision to report on the issue.
Perhaps the public outcry over Halal, or 'Halal hysteria' as some call it, is really a proxy for wider concerns many have about 'sharia creep' - the accommodation of Islamic practises in the UK, which they feel are starting to encroach on what were previously secular spaces.