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UK – HALAL MEAT HAS BEEN ILLEGAL SINCE 1995

HALAL MEAT IS ILLEGAL & has been since 1995

LEGALLY, No-Stun Ritually Slaughtered Meat should be for Muslims ONLY
– NOT for Everyone.


There is a 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 Halal 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 Halal Authority – see his words here…

HALAL MEAT loses its certification unless sold in a Halal Shop

HALAL MEAT loses its certification unless sold in a Halal Shop

Concerns are that the halal meat has been contaminated at some stage – 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 being given to School pupils.
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.
This 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
http://halalfocus.net/uk-scottish-government-admit-halal-meat-is-illegal

The Scottish Government admits that halal meat has been illegal since 1995

The Scottish Government admits that halal meat has been illegal 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…
LICENCE OF EXEMPTION
http://www.iccservices.org.uk/downloads/reports/farm_animal_welfare_council_report_on_welfare_of_livestock_slaughtered_by_religious_methods.pdf

The original Licence of Exemption from Regulations of Normal Livestock Slaughter

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).

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”. 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 a Proper Stun could result in the death of the animal, so it cannot be used, because the Meat 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!

Comparison of Head & Body Stuner AND Head Only Stunner

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”.
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!

After a public consultation in 2013, new stricter rules were passed for EU countries, 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…

On 3-5-2014 the new EU WATOK Regulations were Revoked Before Implementation. WATOK = Welfare At Time Of Killing

On 3-5-2014 the new EU WATOK Regulations were Revoked Before Implementation.
WATOK = Welfare At Time Of Killing

Why have we tolerated this in 21st Century Britain?

We must BOYCOTT HALAL Meat – Leave it 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! Note that 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.

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.

Look out for a UK MEAT CODE like this one

Please research where the meat you are buying is sourced from – the 4 digit EC Meat Code on all meat sold in Europe is traceable back to source… however some supermarkets make it a little more confusing – see this from Morrisons…

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WHERE’S THIS FROM App for iPhones & Androids
There is a very useful APP called WHF = ‘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 of 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?
http://www.wheresthisfrom.com/

Research where your Meat & Poultry was sourced from before you buy.

Research where your Meat & Poultry was sourced from before you buy.

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.

HARAM MEAT has been dedicated to Allah and ritually slaughtered - but REJECTED by the Muslim Inspector as being "Unfit For Muslim Consumption"

HARAM MEAT has been dedicated to Allah and ritually slaughtered – but REJECTED by the Muslim Inspector as being “Unfit For Muslim Consumption”

THIRDLY we have the problem of the Halal Industry selling off cheap their Ritually Slaughtered downgraded, sub-standard, Haram Meat to Big Buyers; who then sell it on to anyone who will buy cheap meat, or will serve it up in mainstream restaurants & fast food takeaway chains, as if it is conventional meat.
Obviously it is NOT labelled HARAM MEAT – or no one would buy it!
This Haram Meat is also sold off cheap to the Butchers Shop Chains
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 are also hoodwinked into buying this Haram Meat – often at a cheaper prices – and some have no knowledge of where it has come 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… it has been dedicated to a foreign god and slaughtered unstunned or ultra-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!

NOTE that this mis-selling of haram meat is not unusual - ALL supermarkets are selling this sub-standard Haram Meat  off cheap to unsuspecting shoppers - and most Restaurant Chains are also serving up halal & haram meat to unsuspecting consumers.

NOTE that this mis-selling of haram meat is not unusual – ALL supermarkets are selling this sub-standard Haram Meat off cheap to unsuspecting shoppers – and most Restaurant Chains are also serving up halal & haram meat to unsuspecting consumers.

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, because it was deemed to be ‘Unfit For Muslim Consumption’?
Why are we tolerating this? Surely this is ILLEGAL too!

FOURTHLY – RITUALLY SLAUGHTERED MEAT IS BEING MIS-SOLD


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 standards, because the Truth of the matter is that there is NO AUTHENTIC HALAL STANDARD YET!
The fact that this meat has been involved in a ritual, dedicating it to a foreign god – Allah, is surely enough to warrant the labelling of this meat, as ‘Ritually Slaughtered’ – let’s call it ‘RS’ Meat.
Surely it is ILLEGAL to sell Halal or Haram Ritually Slaughtered meat & poultry to us UNLABELLED, as if it is the Conventional Meat we are looking for?
‘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’.
We should not be relying on less than 5% 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 a clear labelling idea since 2011 that will avoid ALL loopholes and overcome the problem of authenticity… but we are still waiting for it to be considered and implemented. See it here…

Label ALL Halal Products & Services

We suggest a ‘RS’ Label is required for ALL Halal Certified products & services
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!
BOYCOTT HALAL!

EU ALERT: Horse & Pig Burgers raise fears for halal products across Europe

 

Horse meat in burgers ‘could be health risk’

Beefburgers containing horse meat could have been made from “diseased or injured animals” and be unsafe to eat, environmental health experts say.

Muslim websites are expressing fears of a HALAL Clampdown in Europe after PIG & HORSE MEAT is discovered in Beefburgers across the UK and Ireland.

The BeHalal website point out…

“As well as detecting the presence of horse and pig DNA in some burgers, it also tested 31 beef meal products such as cottage pie, beef curry pie and lasagne. Some 21 were found to have pig DNA but no traces of horse DNA were found. Traces of horse DNA were detected in batches of raw ingredients, including some from the Netherlands and Spain. Our industry sources have advised us that ABP, which owns two of the businesses named by the FSAI, Silvercrest Foods and Dalepak Hambleton and is one of the leading beef producers and exporters in Europe. And Liffey Meats Ltd who own the halal world cuisine trademark. Both companies produce halal product lines at the same sites. Often companies producing meat products also pack for other brands and however, it is not clear at this stage if halal lines are affected or how extensive this problem may be for the halal industry. This is not the first time the halal industry maybe affected and continues to face fraud… This calls for better self-regulation by halal certification organisations and importantly for them to have competent staff, effective systems and checks to protect against an industry fraught by higher levels of fraud to address this issue.”

Read the rest of the article here…
EU ALERT: Horse and pork findings in Burgers raise fears for halal products across Europe
http://behalal.org/home/eu-alert-horse-and-pork-findings-in-burgers-raise-fears-for-halal-products-across-europe/

HALAL MEAT SUPPLIERS LIFFEY MEATS – Liffey Meats Ltd who own the halal world cuisine trademark.
Liffey Meats, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan
Pig DNA in five brands; also traces of horse DNA in three brands
The firm was “purely a beef processor and has absolute traceability on all of the beef used. The source of the contamination is imported ingredients and these will be replaced from other sources before production is resumed and customers are supplied”.
The other meat companies: What they said…
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2013/0117/1224328953044.html?via=rel

LIFFEY halal meat is NAMED in this next article as being among the MEAT WITHDRAWN from Supermarkets across the UK!
The products were produced by three processing plants, Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods in Ireland and Dalepak Hambleton in the UK, and were on sale in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland.
In one sample from Tesco, the level of DNA indicated that horse meat accounted for approximately 29 per cent relative to the beef content!

Updated: Horse and pig DNA found in supermarket beef burgers
http://www.thejournal.ie/horse-meat-beef-burgers-supermarkets-755676-Jan2013/

Horse meat in burgers ‘could be health risk’
Beefburgers containing horse meat could have been made from “diseased or injured The meat posed a health risk because it had not come from identified sources, they warned.
“There is no information on how the entitled  horse meat came to be in the burgers and so there is no way of telling whether the meat is safe to eat. It could be from diseased or injured animals, for example,” said John Sleith, the head of the Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland. animals” and be unsafe to eat, environmental health experts say.
Horse meat in burgers ‘could be health risk’

SEE VIDEO in this Daily Telegraph article entitled ~ Minister:  Horse Meat burgers ‘extremely serious issue’

Horse meat in burgers ‘could be health risk’

Beefburgers containing horse meat could have been made from “diseased or injured animals” and be unsafe to eat, environmental health experts say.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/9809821/Horse-meat-in-burgers-could-be-health-risk.html

ABP & Liffey Meats Ltd are leading European beef producers with halal product lines. Liffey Meats Ltd own the halal world cuisine trademark.

ABP & Liffey Meats Ltd are leading European beef producers with halal product lines. Liffey Meats Ltd own the halal world cuisine trademark.

Following the ‘shock discovery’ of horse meat in burgers, the Food Standards Agency has issued an assurance that the burgers ARE safe to eat.
How can they say that?
Considering that no-one knew that the horse meat was in the burgers, there is no way those horses’ passports can have been checked to ensure they were in fact destined for the food chain!
Horse Passports have 2 ‘declarations’ in them: one stating they are NOT intended for slaughter for human consumption, and one stating they ARE intended for slaughter for human consumption.
If the first Declaration is signed by the owner, the horse may be given any amount and types of drugs and medication prohibited for use in animals destined for the human food chain, such as certain anti-biotics, anti-histamines and steroidal drugs. Also, horses should not enter the human food chain within 28 days of being treated for internal parasites.
Without knowing the status of these horses’ passports, I just don’t see how anyone can issue any assurances that that horse meat is indeed safe to eat…
BOYCOTT HALAL! You know it makes sense!