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Nadia Javed in The Independent, 28 October 2017, “This week Lancashire County Council banned “unstunned” (halal) meat from schools. Is there a problem with meat or with Muslims? . . . Scrapping halal meat will not only reinforce prejudice against Muslims with its subliminal Islamophobic message but it could also play a part in inciting even more division amongst our communities . . . The proposal was brought about by the Conservative council leader Geoff Driver who said it was “abhorrent” and “really cruel” to slaughter animals without stunning them first. These are the same Conservatives who wanted to repeal the fox-hunting ban. Excuse the pun but it stuns me how quickly the Tories can become the champions for animal rights. A different set of rules seems to apply to rich white people in Barbour jackets who consider ripping foxes to pieces as a sport . . .

According to the Food Standards Agency, about 90 per cent of animals are stunned before being killed. So it’s unclear as to whether animals killed for halal meat are always stunned. And if this is the case then why even bother banning Halal meat? If we are so concerned about the way animals are treated when slaughtered then we should look to change the horrifically crammed, diseased conditions animals endure whilst being fattened up on factory farms. Cows are artificially inseminated and dosed up on hormones to produce more milk. Calves are ripped away from their mothers at birth. It’s beyond time to look to other sources to gain calcium and protein . . . In the light of extreme injustices towards the treatment of farmed animals more and more people, including Muslims, are now turning to veganism.” click here.

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