AR-News: (UK) Slaughter ban `insult to faiths'

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Fri Nov 7 15:02:07 EST 2003

Nov 7 2003

Muslim leads campaign
By Hazel Ettienne, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A MUSLIM councillor is spearheading a national campaign against the proposed 
ban on Islamic and Jewish methods of slaughter.
Kirklees Tory councillor Imtiaz Amee, who represents Thornhill, Dewsbury, 
presented a 6,000-name petition to Downing Street yesterday.
He was accompanied by David Lidlington MP, the shadow environment, food and 
rural affairs secretary, who has defended the rights of Islamic and Jewish 
communities to practise religious slaughter.
The Farm Animal Welfare Council recommended in June this year to the 
government that the current exemption from stunning prior to slaughter, allowed for 
Muslims and Jews, should be withdrawn.
A four-year study by the Farm Animal Welfare Council concluded that stunning 
animals prior to slaughter was more humane and less painful to animals.
Muslims and Jews believe the halal or shechita methods of slaughter where the 
throat is cut, causes less pain and suffering.
Clr Ameen said the recommendation by the Farm Animal Welfare Council was 
based on a subjective view and was totally unjustified.
"This is a practise that is perfectly acceptable to millions of people around 
the world and as humane as any other method of slaughter," he said.
"Any move to interfere with the halal and shechita methods of slaughter will 
be seen as a breach of human rights and an attempt to curtail religious 
"This petition has been signed by Muslims throughout the country who are 
alarmed at what they see as interference with their right to practise their 
religion. Such interference is rejected from a legal, religious and animal welfare 
Signatures for the petition have been collected in North Kirklees, Birmingham 
and London and across the country.

"I would not enter on my list of friends the man who needlessly sets foot 
upon a worm." - Cowper
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