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.
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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.
Conservative MPs are pushing to change the law around the labelling of halal and kosher meat amid a growing row that has
The growing controversy over halal food has dragged in more stores, after it emerged they were selling halal meat not labelled
The Huffington Post UK approached other restaurants and fast food chains asking whether they served halal meat. In a statement
As young and active members of our respective communities, we feel it is important to challenge the ambiguities raised by not only the provocative call to ban ritual slaughter but also the responses that have surfaced.
David Cameron has promised that halal slaughter will be "safe in Britain" for as long as he remains in power, decrying the
Andrew Rosindell, the secretary of Parliament's animal welfare group, has joined voices demanding the end of religious slaughter in the UK. As someone with experience in the meat industry, specifically halal, this news troubles me. It troubles me because the argument is flawed, and flawed on many levels.
Shazia Saleem is a 29-year old entrepreneur who has started up 'ieat foods', the first British ready meals brand offering
Anyone who takes Muslims and Jews to task for brutal methods of slaughter yet eats meat regardless of the suffering involved is no less callous. Does the matter of a few more seconds of suffering as they are slaughtered make much difference to the animals who, during their entire short lives, have been treated with unthinking savagery?
An MP and animal welfare campaigner has joined the call for the religious slaughter of animals for halal and kosher meat
The new leader of Britain's vets has called for the religious slaughter of animals for halal and kosher meat to be banned
Animal Rights Come Before Religion, Insists Minister As Halal & Kosher Slaughter Is Banned In Denmark
The Danish government has introduced a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of kosher and halal meat
Picture of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah announcing Dubai as hosts for the 2020 World Expo I caught up with Piers Schreiber, Vice
A coalition of Jews and Muslims is to lodge a legal complaint against Poland, complaining of unfair treatment because of