Authorities falsely claim they are powerless to act.
Every animal slaughtered in the UK must be unconscious throughout the killing process. They must by law remain like this until death. Under current legislation there are exceptions for some religious groups which are allowed to kill animals that are fully conscious while knifed and bled to death.
Scotland for Animals opposes all slaughter. Until this ends we believe suffering should at the very least be reduced in any way possible.
While we know that all slaughter is extremely traumatic for animals, unstunned slaughter has been proven to be substantially more so.
It's claimed that nearly all Halal meat is from stunned animals. The data that this is taken from is unreliable and the 'stun' used is at levels below those recommended to render an animal unconscious until death.
Ideally we would like to see these products banned in Scotland. In the meantime:
We're not alone, The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also supports this: "Until slaughter without pre-stunning is banned outright, the Scottish SPCA wishes to see all meat from animals killed in this way clearly labelled so that consumers opposed to the practice do not inadvertently purchase the product."
Most stockists don't advertise that they're selling Kosher or Halal meats. While others simply have signs that are unfamiliar to people who don't speak Arabic or Hebrew. Despite legislation saying consumers must be given enough information to make an informed purchase, authorities do not insist upon religious slaughter products being clearly labelled.
The symbols below are sometimes used to denote religious slaughter products.
Around the world many religious authorities have ruled stunning to be permissible.
The video here filmed by our friends at Hillside Animal Sanctuary here shows the reality of unstunned slaughter in the UK.
Stunning is the practice of making an animal unconscious before killing it to minimise the suffering. Some say that animals are stunned prior to religious slaughter. But the definition of stunning by many religious groups is not what is required in regular slaughterhouses.
If you see the symbols above without the words "Kosher" or "Halal" this has been ruled illegal due to Scotland for Animals' campaign. We are continuing to push for yet more clear labelling of all religious slaughter products by law.
The removal from law of any exemptions from stunning animals.
'Stun-to-immobilise' or any other alleged stunning methods which don't render an animal immediately and completely unconscious until point of death to be banned and this ban enforced.
Until then the labelling of all meat from animals slaughtered without full and effective stunning.
That's the question most people ask when they realise the gravity of the current situation. Actually you can do quite a lot. Remember doing nothing changes nothing, but actions large and small facilitate change. Your voice can help us get there quicker.
Do not buy Halal or Kosher meat or animal products. They are usually found in many takeaways and sandwich bars such as Subway, Baguette Express, Pizza Express, independent and chain curry houses, kebab shops, Tesco, Asda, KFC, etc. They and others all now stock a wide selection.
Write to the Equality and human Rights Commission and demand that they protect the rights of those who don't want to participate in or fund halal or kosher slaughter.
Write to your MP/ MSPs here.
Ask your family, friends and contacts to get involved. Help us get more people on board to push for change.
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