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Saturday, April 12, 2014

MUSLIM SLAUGHTERHOUSES IN BRITAIN DO NOT STUN ANIMALS BEFORE SLAUGHTER - They cut the animals' throats while they are fully conscious

A few days ago we reported on Australian's horror at the sadistic way in which Palestinians torture and slaughter cattle, and how that country has stopped all exports of live cattle to Gaza.

Today the Daily Mail reports on how cattle are butchered fully conscious in Muslim abattoirs.
Horror at halal slaughterhouse: Shocking undercover film shows the 'needless suffering' of livestock that are butchered without being stunned first

Our exclusive pictures reveal for the first time the full horror of a religious practice that Britain’s top vet wants outlawed.
Undercover Mail on Sunday investigators secretly filmed inside a halal abattoir as more than 100 sheep appeared to writhe in agony after being ritually killed.
They were placed onto a conveyer belt with their legs tethered before the knife was drawn swiftly across their throats.
Sheep with throat cut, conscious and fighting for its life - Daily Mail
In the seconds after the sudden cut, the sheep strained to raise their heads as blood poured from their wounds. They then twitched and convulsed as they were hoisted by their hind legs on metal hooks to drain their bodies of blood. 
In non-halal abattoirs, livestock are stunned before killing to prevent unnecessary suffering. Some halal abattoirs also practise pre-stunning. But the animals we saw at this abattoir were fully conscious when slaughtered – a practice campaigners say is inhumane and needlessly cruel.

UPDATE  -  FEBRUARY 3, 2015 

According to some Islamic scholars, stunning an animal before it is slaughtered for meat is not permitted. There are believed to be about 12 abattoirs dedicated to unstunned slaughterhouses in the UK, and hundreds of abattoirs that do stunned halal slaughter.
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Denmark and Poland have recently banned unstunned ritual slaughter – a precedent animal welfare groups in Britain want the Government to follow. Last night, John Blackwell, the new president-elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), said: ‘We would like to see unstunned slaughter banned in the UK on the grounds of animal welfare. There is current scientific evidence which says that animals do feel pain if they are slaughtered without any stunning.'
However, supporters of ritual slaughter have accused Mr Blackwell and the BVA of ‘inflaming prejudice’. Nadheem Adham, a director at the Halal Monitoring Committee, which certifies unstunned Islamic abattoirs, said: ‘We believe that halal unstunned slaughter is the most humane method of killing, as a swift stroke in the neck by a sharp knife renders the animal insensible to pain.’
Two Mail on Sunday reporters posing as meat buyers visited the Simply Halal abattoir in Banham, Norfolk.
The abattoir, which is a dedicated slaughterhouse for killing animals without stunning, dispatches about 1,000 sheep and cattle each week. It received £366,000 of taxpayers’ money from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to set up an adjoining plant to pack and store the slaughtered meat. 
The MoS investigators were given a tour of the abattoir during a dawn slaughter session on Friday morning, before they placed an order for lamb and mutton.
Simply Halal is among a number of new abattoirs that have sprung up across Britain, providing a rising demand among Britain’s 2.7 million Muslims for meat from animals not stunned during killing.
Britain’s halal market is now worth £2.6 billion, accounting for 15 per cent of all meat eaten here.  Latest figures from the Food Standards Agency show that about 32 million chickens, 1.4 million sheep and goats and 70,000 cattle are slaughtered without stunning each year in the UK. 
Simply Halal, which switches its operations once a week to produce kosher meat for the Jewish market, is run by Roger Carr, 65, who says he has operated abattoirs since he was 15.   Although most of his customers are Muslim traders, in an astonishing outburst which was recorded, Mr Carr referred to his customers as ‘Pakis’ and told an undercover reporter of Bangladeshi origin: ‘There’s more bad in your people than there is, erm, well that’s what I found.’
During the ‘business meeting’ at his shabby office, Mr Carr showed contempt for Asian butchers and  restaurant owners on the famous ‘curry mile’ of Brick Lane in East London.
He appeared to say that they will accept even dog meat from suppliers. 
He said: ‘You see the Pakis only want lean sheep, they don’t want no covering on it. They only want 24-26 kilos. Then you got Brick Lane, you can put any shit there, even dogs...’ 
He also said that he supplied his meat to mainstream butchers and the supermarket giant Morrisons, whose unsuspecting customers may be eating the meat products without knowing they have come from animals that were not stunned. Customers assume that mainstream butchers source their meat from abattoirs where all animals are slaughtered with prior stunning.
They also expect that fresh and frozen meat in supermarkets is also from stunned slaughter. Some supermarket stores in Asian areas do sell ‘unstunned’ fresh meat, but it is sold at special concession counters.   But Mr Carr revealed that his Simply Halal frozen meat products are sold in 34 Morrisons stores, alongside conventional frozen meat products.
After the ‘business meeting’ at Simply Halal, the MoS reporters visited the abattoir, where they filmed more than 20 sheep getting slaughtered.
The sheep were dragged from their pen and put on an escalator belt that also restrained their legs.  Then the abattoir’s Muslim slaughterman cut each animal’s throat as he chanted ‘Allahu Akbar [God is great]’, before dangling them by their legs on metal hooks upside down, as they writhed.
As the automated hook line took the sheep to another room, they were beheaded by another slaughterman, and fleeced and skinned by other workers. 
The slaughterman, from Luton, Bedfordshire, said he had been killing animals for the past 25 years. When asked how long it took an animal to die from the cut, he said coldly: ‘25 seconds.’ We showed our footage to Mr Blackwell, who said that it confirmed the latest scientific research on unstunned slaughter, which states that animals like sheep feel excruciating pain for as long as 30 seconds after their throats are cut.
The vet added that the Simply Halal slaughterman appeared to be breaching some rules set out by the Food Standards Agency, which regulates Britain’s abattoirs. 
Mr Blackwell said: ‘The slaughterman should not have put more than one sheep on the escalator belt ahead of slaughter, so that one animal does not witness the other being killed. Secondly, the slaughterman should have cleaned his knife after each cut as a hygiene rule. But he was not doing that.’ The BVA, along with the RSPCA, this weekend renewed its call to have ritual slaughter banned in the UK, and said it plans an e-petition against the practice.  
Mr Blackwell said: ‘We don’t want religious slaughter banned, but there are ways to meet in the middle, like employing post-cut stuns, which would reduce the pain, and improve animal welfare.’  He also added that since about 90 per cent of halal meat in the UK is pre-stunned, Muslim leaders should work to increase that figure and bring it closer to 100 per cent.
The BVA has also asked for better labelling, so that all meat products on supermarket shelves are labelled ‘stunned’ or ‘unstunned’. He said a robust labelling system would prevent unsuspecting customers eating meat which they may feel is ‘unethically produced’.
Last month, The MoS revealed how left-over unstunned kosher meat is ending up in the mainstream food chain, being sold in supermarkets, ready-made meals and even burgers.
The European Commission is reviewing current legislation on stunning, and is likely to make a decision by the end of the summer. 
When the Mail on Sunday contacted Mr Carr for a response, he said his slaughterhouse had not done anything illegal. He said: ‘It’s to do with religion. It’s not cruel at all. We are not doing anything unlawful.’ He denied that he sold his meat to mainstream butcher shops, but did not deny using terms like ‘Paki’ in his conversation. He added: ‘What you did is out of order. I have nothing to say to you. You are scum.’
A spokesman for the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers, who spoke on Mr Carr’s behalf, added that his abattoir complied with all UK laws.
A DEFRA spokesman said: ‘Although we would prefer animals to be stunned before slaughter, we respect the rights of Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat in accordance with their beliefs. The Government has no intention of banning religious slaughter.’
AUSTRALIA has banned live cattle exports to Gaza while they investigate shocking images of animal cruelty in the streets of the Palestinian territory.

Australia's Department of Agriculture, DAFF, revealed that it had not approved consignments of cattle for Gaza since November when it began investigating allegations raised in the Israeli media.

"The allegations are serious and information obtained during the investigation is considered when assessing any application from any exporter to send livestock to Gaza," a DAFF spokesman said. "Currently, all exporters to Israel are required to comply with additional conditions to ensure livestock are unloaded in accordance with international animal welfare standards."

LSS said last week that a ship bound for Israel with 10,000 cattle had been stopped at Fremantle because of an alleged breach of the Commonwealth's exporter supply chain assurance system.

LSS general manager Garry Robinson suggested the delay was linked to the leakage of the handful of cattle from the approved supply chain in Gaza.

He warned a zero-tolerance approach to leakage could cost lucrative live trade markets.

The Bader III eventually left Fremantle on Friday.

The footage from Gaza shows a bull being "knee-capped" by a man armed with an assault rifle, another stabbed in the eye and others having their throats hacked open.

LSS, owned by Jordanian company Hijazi and Ghosheh Group, self-reported a possible ESCAS breach in November when it became aware of the footage.

Its own investigation found a discrepancy involving nine cattle it sent to Gaza. Two of the cattle shown in the footage could be identified by their ear tags. LSS said then that the release of nine cattle from the supply chain was "unacceptable" and it suspended exports to the Gaza facility.

 Gaza authorities denied the report, sort of. They deny that any cattle comes from Australia directly to Gaza, but they get their cattle from Israel. This story says that, though.
Here's an extended version of the video that apparently caused the ban: 
Caution - extreme sadistic cruelty against defenseless animals 

From The West Australian:
VIA Elder of Ziyon

How Gaza Palestinians slaughter animals -
Caution, pictures of extreme cruelty

Also see compilation of videos of Muslim animal torture here

They slaughter Jewish children that way too
Murderers of Fogel family proud of what they did


The West too has a shameful record of animal torture - but it's nothing compared to what you see on that video above.  Video From Farm to Fridge about the animal food industry in the United States.
Link to article on Gaza Palestinians torturing animals
Australian cattle brutalised by Palestinians
Animals Australia has lodged a significant legal complaint in relation to live export breaches in Gaza, the third such complaint in two months following breaches of regulations in Jordan and Mauritius.

The dozens of videos uploaded to YouTube show terrified cattle (in Gaza) tied to poles, trees and vehicles, being stabbed repeatedly in the neck, having their legs bound before being violently forced to the ground and 'strung out' for slaughter, being beaten and dragged off trucks - and in two particularly sadistic acts - one bound animal was stabbed in the eye, whilst another knee-capped with bullets from an assault rifle.

“There is now extensive evidence that Australian animals in three export markets were subjected to horrendous cruelty during the Festival of Sacrifice (Eid) in October - cruel treatment that live export regulations were put in place to prevent.

"The ineffectiveness of Australian regulations is obvious. This situation in Gaza would not even have been known had it not been for an Israeli media report. It is no wonder that at least some exporters are not taking their legal obligations seriously.

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