Petition for Halal Assurance Scheme
We strongly oppose the proposed Eblex Halal Assurance branding, as it does not meet the Islamic Shariah requirements. Eblex has proposed new labelling for Halal, which is confusing to Muslim consumers.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETTION HERE: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/islamic-council-for-halal-affairs
Muslims are taught through the Qu'ran that all animals should be treated with respect and well cared for. The goal is to slaughter the animal, limiting the amount of pain the animal will endure.
When an animal is slaughtered, the jugular vein is cut and the blood is allowed to drain from the animal. Remember, Muslims are prohibited from consuming animal blood.
Stunning the animal before it is actually slaughtered is a common practice in many western countries. It is claimed to be more comforting and causing less pain to the animal.
Pre-slaughter stunning was originally introduced to protect abattoir personnel, rather than the animals themselves. The idea was to immobilize the animal to facilitate killing procedures. However, the principle of stunning has now evolved to encompass the idea that animals should be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered.
The Inhumane Methods Some Companies use to Slaughter Animals:
The Captive Bolt Pistol
This stunning method is widely used for all farmed animals. There are two types of captive bolt pistol: penetrative and non-penetrative. Penetrative stunners drive a bolt into the skull and cause unconsciousness both through physical brain damage and the concussive blow to the skull. The bolt on a non-penetrative stunner is 'mushroom-headed' and impacts on the brain without entering the skull. Unconsciousness is caused by the concussive blow. After the animal is unconscious, it is slaughtered.
The bolt is described as 'captive' because it flies out of the barrel but remains attached to the pistol. The pistol is placed on the centre of the animal’s forehead and is either trigger-fired or fires automatically on contact with the animal’s head.
Pitching is carried out in the majority of cattle slaughterhouses. The practice involves inserting a wire or rod through the hole in the head made by the captive bolt. The rod is slid up and down to destroy the lower part of the brain and the spinal cord.
Electric head-only stunning (electric shock or current)
Electric head-only stunning with tongs is used to stun cattle, calves, sheep, goats, rabbits and ostriches. The operator places a pair of electric tongs on either side of the animal’s head and passes an electric current through the brain - supposedly causing a temporary loss of consciousness.
The electric waterbath is widely used to stun chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. Birds are shackled upside down on a moving conveyor which carries them to an electrified waterbath into which their heads are supposed to be immersed. The shackles contact a bar which is connected to earth. The strength of the electrical current has risen in recent years - with the aim of ensuring that birds suffer a cardiac arrest and die when they enter the waterbath.
An animal is stunned by exposing them to a mixture of carbon dioxide and air. This gas causes the animal to loose its consciousness, after which it is slaughtered.
The above methods of slaughtering meat is HARAAM some have been banned in countries while some methods are still in place today used by UK companies. The correct method of slaughtering is as follows :
According to the Islamic Law (Shariah) unless the Halal (Lawful) animals are slaughtered ritually, their meat does not become Halal for Muslims. The method of slaughtering , in Islam, is based on certain clear guidelines found in the Holy Quran, the Sunnah and the traditions practised by the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet), which may be summarised as follows.
1. All animals to be slaughtered must be the ones permitted for consumption under the Islamic law e.g. cow, sheep, lamb, poultry etc.
2. Slaughtering must be performed manually by a mature Muslim who fully understands the fundamentals and conditions relating toslaughtering according to the Islamic Law.
3. At the time of slaughtering the name of Allah must be invoked by saying:
Bismillah - Allahu Akber
(I begin (the slaughtering) in the name of Allah - Allah is the Greatest)
4. If at the time of slaughtering the name or names of someone other than Allah is invoked, the meat becomes Haram (Unlawful).
5. If a Muslim, by mistake, forgets to invoke the name of Allah at the time of slaughtering, the meat will remain Halal.
6. If someone knowingly does not invoke the name of Allah at the time of slaughtering, the meat becomes Haram.
7. The animal should be slaughtered using a very sharp knife, penetrating the throat of the animal.
8. Windpipe, food-tract and two jugular veins should be cut, preferably in one stroke.
9. The blood of the slaughtered animal must be drained as completely as possible.
10. The neck of the animal should not be disjoined during slaughtering intentionally, even the knife should not go deep into the spinal marrow.
11. Slaughtering from the back of the neck is not allowed in Islam.
12. Animals must be slaughtered in a human way, without subjecting to any brutality or unnecessary suffering.
We need 10.000 signatures by signing the petition you will not only stop Animals going through pain but also will be consuming Halal food, Jazaak'allah Khair.