News From : DagangHalal.com (20 Dec 2010)
LONDON, Dec.20, 2010 (News Agencies)– . Muslim and Jewish organizations in the United Kingdom have criticsed a new EU regulation which makes it mandatory for all unstunned meat to be labelled as such, the Guardian reports.
“If you are only labelling meat provided for Muslims and Jews you are discriminating against Muslims and Jews,” said Shimon Cohen, campaign director for Shechita UK.
“There is no conclusive evidence to show our method of animal slaughter is anything but humane.”
Yunus Dudhwala, chairman of the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC), said animal welfare was a “red herring”, adding that there was a relative lack of interest in factory farming and animal transportation conditions.
“If people are really concerned about animal welfare the rest of the journey of the animal [before slaughter] really needs to be looked at,” he said.
Dudhwala said he would be happy for unstunned meat to be labelled if other meat carried the method of stunning used, such as gassing or electrocution, but believed that would never happen because it would be unpalatable for consumers.
The Halal Food Authority, another halal certifier, has however welcomed the move. Its president Masood Khawaja said: “The labelling must be done, simply so people can differentiate between different schools of thought and different beliefs.”
Adding fuel to the controversy are right wing White supremacist groups which have been calling for banning of all halal slaughter.