Blog: Religious slaughter methods under fire

Catherine Sleep | 10 June 2003

A row has broken out following the recommendation of a UK government advisory body that Muslim and Jewish abattoirs be forced to stun animals prior to slaughter. This contravenes their religious practice of killing animals with a single cut to the throat.

As a carnivore, I tread carefully before pronouncing on cruelty to animals. By eating meat I am accepting, or some would argue promoting, a degree of animal cruelty. Any method of slaughter inevitably involves some suffering. Moreover, the conventional method by which animals are stunned before being killed is itself not perfect, as on occasion the stunning procedure does not work properly. Many other farming practices can also be viewed as unnecessarily cruel, such as battery farming.

There's a really interesting debate under way on the BBC website, why not take a look?

Beeb debate




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