HALAL MEAT IS ILLEGAL & has been since 1995
LEGALLY, No-Stun Ritually Slaughtered Meat should be for Muslims ONLY
– NOT for Everyone.
Shoppers & Consumers are unwittingly buying & eating Unstunned Halal Meat & Poultry – which is illegal, because it is being distributed to them without clear labelling. There is concern about the VAST Over-production of Halal Meat in UK, which needs to be curbed through legal enforcement by the Government.
Since 2012 at least 20% of Halal Meat & Poultry in UK is No-Stun Ritually Slaughtered Meat that has been dedicated to Allah…and this meat is being sold in Supermarkets on the Halal Counters, mainly to Non-muslim customers – which is ILLEGAL.
The majority of Muslims will only buy No-Stun halal meat from Halal Butchers Shops – they will not buy from supermarket Halal Counters, because they cannot be sure that the supermarket meat is authentic halal.
This has been confirmed by the Head of a leading international Halal Authority – the HCA – see his words here…
Muslim concerns are that the halal meat has been contaminated at some stage of the production or distribution line. Transportation without further halal certification at other logistics levels can be an issue and even handling by a Non-muslim can be considered to cause contamination issues; furthermore the fact that halal meat is being sold in a shop that also sells pork, can also put off muslim shoppers.
No-Stun Halal Meat is also illegally being given to all School pupils in many schools & colleges.
There are an increasing number of Schools serving HMC Halal Meat – this No-Stun Halal Meat & Poultry is given to ALL pupils, including Non-muslim pupils, often without their parent’s knowledge or consent. In far too many Primary Schools, the Nick Clegg policy of Free School Dinners for ALL ends up imposing Halal meat & poultry on All children, whether they are Muslims or not. The excuse given is that the kitchens must follow halal guidelines according to Sharia Law, so that the muslim pupils can be assured they will be served halal dinners. The same is happening in a covert way in many other institutions eg. Hospitals, where patients are rarely told they are being served halal – and when you find out it is impossible to buy any conventional meat – your only option is to go vegetarian… and then you may be served Halal Certified Quorn (all Quorn is HC now).
This practice is Illegal according to the Original Licence of Exemption (see image below) which clearly states that Halal Meat that is processed without any stun at all should be for Muslim consumption ONLY – NOT for everyone.
Questions need to be asked, such as WHY is the FSA (Food Standards Agency) turning a blind eye to the License of Exemption Rule?
Halal should just be a niche market in UK, like kosher has always been.
The Scottish Government have admitted that the placing of non-stunned meat slaughtered in the UK into the general food chain has been illegal since 1995.
SO WHY IS DEFRA TURNING A BLIND EYE?
Essential Reading – Please Click on LINK to Read the Post.
UK – HALAL MEAT IS ILLEGAL & has been since 1995
The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations (WASK) 1995 state that all animals slaughtered in the UK should be fully stunned to the point of insensibility before slaughter and until death. A dispensation exists in WASK for animals slaughtered for Halal and Kosher meat which states that these animals are not required to be stunned. Section 12.2 of the legislation states that meat from animals not stunned must ONLY be sold/ provided to Muslims & Jews.
The Original Licence of Exemption – which is definitely still valid – clearly states that No-Stun Halal & Kosher Meat should be for Jews & Muslims ONLY – NOT for Everyone.
Here is an image of that Licence which I obtained from a Muslim Charity website belonging to: The London Central Mosque Trust & the Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC)
…the highlight in black is theirs not ours, but the key words we care about are below that highlighted section, in that same paragraph…
Quote: ‘It is an offence to Slaughter livestock under the exemption from stunning, if it is known that the meat is not intended for the food of Muslims or Jews.’
In 2012, around 20% of Halal meat produced in the UK was from animals slaughtered with no form of stunning. (Food Standards Agency. June 2012)… yet only 6% of the UK population are Muslims according to the 2011 Census. This outrageous Over-production of halal meat must STOP!
SECONDLY – REVERSIBLE STUNNING IS CRUEL
Animals are NOT being Stunned properly – so they become conscious again within seconds
Also of grave concern is the remainder of Halal meat – the 80% – which is sourced from animals that are subjected to a stun method called “stun-to-stun” or “reversible stun”. This stunning method uses an amperage far below that recommended in guidelines for an effective stun. In fact Prof.Temple Grandin has said that the Livestock begin to recover within 15 seconds of the Reversible Stun being administered.
NOTE that Muslims say clearly that the Proper Stun could result in the death of the animal, so it cannot be used, because this Meat process cannot be Halal.
Just to be clear on this – a Proper Stun will put the animal or poultry into an IRREVERSIBLE state of unconsciousness and into a PERMANENT state of being insensible to pain… That is the reason the traditional stun cannot be used for halal meat, which can only be obtained from animals & poultry that are ALIVE at the point of slaughter.
Our traditional slaughter methods have been changed…
For example, sheep used to be stunned to the Head AND the Body – now they are given a Low stun to the Head ONLY – surely this is ILLEGAL too!
Many devout Muslims speak out against the Reversible Stun that is being used in so many Slaughterhouses, saying it is more cruel than No Stun at all.
That is because the animals are becoming conscious after the throat cut, thrashing out and bellowing loudly on the slaughter line – until “Allah knows best”.
We are repeatedly told that animals have been seen to suffer during the Halal process by Licenced slaughterhouse workers.
Reversible Stunning leads to completely unnecessary suffering in 21st Century Britain – it is very cruel.
It takes at least 6 minutes for cattle to die after the throat cut… at least 4 minutes for sheep & goats to die and at least 2 minutes for poultry & ducks.
AND many muslims completely reject Halal Meat that has been subjected to any form of stunning anyway!
We have gathered a lot of evidence from Halal Board/Authority websites eg. the Halal Food Authority (HFA) & HLC which clearly states their intention of using low stun to immobilise to bring animals under control before the throat cut. They speak of twisting the controller to “turn down the current to the lowest setting” – but this practice has always been against regulations – yet DEFRA & the FSA have turned a blind eye – when we have written or rang to complain – and we have spoken to the Heads of these authorities – DEFRA will say it is the responsibility of the FSA and the FSA will say it is DEFRA’s responsibility. We have been pointing out this outrage since 2009 and it is the same people at the top of these organisations, whatever Government is in power.
The latest EU WATOK Regulations state:
The Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015
You are here: 2015 No. 1782SCHEDULE 2
28. No person may use electrical stunning or killing equipment or any other instrument which applies an electric current to an animal—
(a)as a means of restraining an animal;
(b)as a means of immobilising an animal; or
(c)except in accordance with paragraph 20 of this Schedule, as a means of making an animal move.
After a public consultation in 2013, new stricter rules were passed for EU countries on 1st January 2013, which clearly stated the minimum stun that animals and poultry should be given, but here in Britain those rules were completely ignored and the old 1995 WASK Rules remain still to this day – PROOF HERE…
Why have we tolerated this in 21st Century Britain?
2018 UPDATE from the Government’s current Legislation website – Quote:
5 LEGAL CONTEXT
5.1 Slaughterhouse operators have full responsibility for animal welfare at their premises. Official veterinarians, supported by inspectors, must make sure that relevant legal requirements and animal welfare safeguards are met by the business operator.
5.2 Council Regulation (EC) 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing came into force across Europe on 1 January 2013. Most aspects of the EU regulation applied immediately.
5.3 Enforcement provisions in Scotland are provided through the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (WATOK), which came into force on 1 January 2013. Wales has implemented the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (Wales) Regulations 2014, which came into force on 20 May 2014. Northern Ireland also has similar legislation in place, introduced on 21 May 2014.
5.4 No similar provision has so far been introduced in England, and the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations (WASK) 1995 remains in place, until new implementing legislation is introduced by the Secretary of State for Defra.
5.5 Pending the introduction of WATOK, enforcement in England relies on surviving elements of the preceding WASK legislation, on general powers in the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and the EC Food Hygiene legislation.
6 DEVOLUTION IMPLICATIONS
6.1 Policy on animal welfare is a devolved issue, and different governments have taken different decisions on issues relating to animal welfare e.g. WATOK. We will continue to work with Welsh Government and Westminster officials to deliver controls which are effective in delivering their policy objectives and protecting consumer rights.
7 CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT
7.3 The FSA’s own public attitudes tracker asks consumers about a range of food-related issues. In the most recent study in November 2014, 41% identified animal welfare as a concern. This was lower than food prices (50%), food waste (48%) and sugar in food (47%); but higher than food hygiene when eating out (39%), food poisoning (32%) and genetically modified food (24%)3.
7.4 Animal welfare issues were touched on in the Citizens’ Forum programme carried out in 2014, as we developed the 2015-20 strategy. Consumers felt uncomfortable about the potential results of their food choices in terms of poor animal welfare – but felt that there were few viable ways they could affect the practice of food producers, other than by paying a premium.
7.5 Further information is provided in Annex B.
7.6 With input from our communications and social science experts, we propose that additional research on consumers’ views on transparency regarding animal welfare, including consumer choices and trade-offs is carried out.
We must BOYCOTT HALAL Meat – Leave Halal Meat on the Supermarket shelves to rot & complain!
– Insist on conventional meat from your Butcher or buy direct from Farmers you know.
This will be difficult to avoid halal meat & poultry, because most, if not all meat going through Smithfield Meat Market is now halal ritually slaughtered! Smithfield Market or, to give it its official name, London Central Markets, is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Start researching where your meat is from – and refuse to buy from any company that is allowing prayers and ritual slaughter to be performed on their animals or poultry. If a business has allowed Halal practices to be performed on their premises… even if it is sometimes & not to all their animals or poultry… then how will we know if it is covertly selling us the rejected halal – the haram meat – as if it is the conventional meat we require?
What can we do?
Any business producing halal whether reversibly stunned or unstunned, either some of the time or all of the time… we will Boycott – we will not buy their brands or any products associated with that supplier.
NOTE that it is mandatory for ALL EC Meat to bear the Licence Number of the Abattoir where it was sourced!
Most Meat in UK will have an EC Meat Code number like this… it must be stamped on ALL Meat Carcasses AND it must appear on ALL packaged Meat.
Please research where the meat you are buying is sourced from – the 4 digit EC Meat Code (which is the establishment’s Licence Number!) is on all meat sold in Europe and is traceable back to source… however some supermarkets make it a little more confusing – see this from Morrisons…
All of the Abattoirs & Slaughterhouses & Cutting Plants are listed on this Government webpage – and it is updated every month. It does not tell us which of these are producing halal meat or poultry, but it does tell us every establishment’s Licence Number – so with a little research we can ring & ask them if they allow prayers at any of their abattoirs, or search Google to discover records of their activities.
For huge Government list scroll down this page for the red meat (ungulates) & the poultry (lagomorphs) slaughterhouses:
Government website Link to List of Meat Establishments
WHERE’S THIS FROM App for iPhones & Androids
There is a very useful APP called WTF = ‘Where’s This From’ that will not tell you if the meat is halal or not, but it will tell you where the meat is sourced, if you type in that 4 digit code that is on the carcass or the meat packaging! Armed with the name of the Slaughterhouse or Cutting Plant you can Google that business to find out about it or ring up the slaughterhouse to ask if they say a blessing over their livestock or not.
This App is completely FREE to use!
WHERE’S THIS FROM?
THIRDLY we have the problem of the HARAM MEAT…
THIRDLY we have the problem of the mis-selling of the downgraded, sub-standard, Haram Meat mainstream – this Rejected Ritually Slaughtered meat, is being mis-sold to us, as if it is conventional meat… which it certainly isn’t.
The Halal Industry sell off cheap their Ritually Slaughtered downgraded, sub-standard, Haram Meat to Big Buyers from Supermarkets, Butcher’s Shop and Restaurant chains… who will then sell it onto anyone who will buy cheap meat, or will serve it up in mainstream restaurants & fast food takeaway chains, as if it is conventional meat. Rejected halal meat must never be referred to as ‘halal’ according to Sharia Law…so the retailers will say it is NOT halal!
Obviously it is NOT labelled HARAM MEAT – or no one would buy it!
In fact our butchers will say with a grin… “This meat is NOT halal” and offer us the sub-standard haram meat (usually at a cheaper price). We are not told that this meat has been Rejected at the Post Slaughter inspection at a halal slaughterhouse! Obviously no one would buy it if they knew the truth! Some butchers will know it is not actually meat that has been killed in a conventional way, but many of our butchers have also been hoodwinked into buying this Haram Meat – often at cheaper prices – and some have no knowledge of where it is from.
Surely this practice is ILLEGAL too!
Muslims will say that some meat, after halal Ritual Slaughter, does not meet the grade & so it is not halal; this rejected ritually slaughtered meat is renamed ‘haram‘ and will then be discarded into the mainstream Food Chain… but for us (who are looking at this issue from a Non-muslim perspective) – this meat is still HALAL – it has been prepared in the same way that Muslim Meat should be prepared… prayers have been said to dedicated the livestock a foreign god and slaughtered unstunned or low amperage stunned – it is certainly not Traditional Meat that was properly stunned before slaughter! See what Waitrose say on their website about this so-called ‘Non-halal’ meat – they give 3 reasons for selling it to unsuspecting shoppers!
This Substandard Haram Meat is the rejected Halal Meat – it has been Ritually Slaughtered after being dedicated to Allah… BEFORE being rejected for reasons that we will never know, because records regarding why the Halal Inspector rejects the halal meat are not recorded – and certainly never published. So WHY should we accept meat that has been foisted off onto us as being conventional meat, when in reality it has been cast off from the halal market, rather than being thrown away or used in dog food, because it was deemed to be ‘Unfit For Muslim Consumption’?
Why are we tolerating this? Surely this Mis-selling to shoppers & consumers is ILLEGAL too!
FOURTHLY – RITUALLY SLAUGHTERED MEAT IS BEING MIS-SOLD TO US
Lastly there is so much evidence in every supermarket and many food outlets across Britain that we have checked that the Halal – & the Haram Meat – is being sold to us UNLABELLED as such.
We have had many Petitions & Letters to Governments over the years asking for more transparency in labelling, but the issue is either blamed on the EU, or ignored, or put off because it is uncertain what Halal Meat actually is… This uncertainty has arisen due to many arguments over the years, between different Islamic factions, who each have different Sharia standards, because the Truth of the matter is that there is NO AUTHENTIC HALAL STANDARD YET!
We should not have to rely on the Halal Industry for food information labels or halal signs. We do not require halal meat or halal certified products at all and we are not interested in the arguments regarding the depreciating authenticity of halal products down the supply chain – which is often the reason given for failing to clearly label all Ritually Slaughtered meat and products that have been involved in a Religious Standard, such as Halal Certification.
The fact that this meat has been involved in a religious ritual, dedicating it to a foreign god – Allah – is surely enough to warrant the labelling of this meat, as ‘Ritually Slaughtered’
We call on the Government for legislation to label all ‘RS’ Meat – regardless of whether it is halal or haram. .
‘RS’ also stands for ‘Religious Standard’ and can cover ALL halal certified products too – whether Food or Non-Food.
‘RS’ can be used as a sign on all halal certified services and businesses that have gone down the halal compliance route to fulfil a ‘Religious Standard’. So if a shop or logistics business is regularly paying halal certification fees – their website and premises should display the ‘RS’ sign at the entrance.
We should not be relying on less than 6% Muslim minority for mainstream Consumer Information – that is the job of our elected Government and it is also the job of the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, who should be writing the necessary Policy to enforce proper labelling, so that we can make a reasoned choice about what we are buying.
We have been sharing this clear labelling idea – ‘RS’ – since 2011 and it will avoid ALL loopholes and overcome the problem of ambiguous authenticity standards… but we are still waiting for it to be considered and implemented by our representatives in power. We need Food Legislation for an ‘RS’ Label NOW!
See our simple design idea here…
We suggest a ‘RS’ Label is required for ALL Halal Certified products & services and All Ritually Slaughtered meat & poultry.
Here is why…… see this article next:
Unfair Trading – ‘RS’ Label Required
We need to know what we are buying and eating and we want to know if products & services are following a religious standard, or are traditional to our nation… LABEL HALAL!
PLEASE BOYCOTT HALAL MEAT & the Rejected HARAM meat from Halal Slaughterhouses.
We must stop buying it to reduce demand and curb the supply – and insist on conventional meat that has been properly stunned.
You are in for a treat – you will taste the difference!