MUFTIS/ULAMAS IN BRITAIN OPPOSE MECHANICAL SLAUGHTER AND STUNNING
Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) has organised in 2009 an independent online survey regarding Mechanical slaughter and stunning.
Responses were received from 282 Imams (including 32 Muftis) from over 25 towns and cities in the UK
This is the result of the survey/responses:
95% of the Ulama do not accept “mechanical slaughter”(stunned) as an accepted method of Halal
slaughter in Islam (2.1% want to understand the issue further)
99.7% stated that Bismillah(Tasmiah) should be prayed individually by person slaughtering (not taped
or person standing on the side)
90% rejected electrical stunning of chickens (9% welcomed further research)
85% rejected electrical stunning of larger animals (9% welcomed further research)
99% expressed preference for non-stunned
100% saw the need for the continuation of religious exemption in the UK which allows Muslims and Jews to practice their religious beliefs (prophetic method of slaughte/Zabiha) and without the use of any type of stunning.
Published in HMC newsletter No. 13 available athttp://www.halalmc.net/newsletters/issue13.pdf
-Today we have a lot of FATAWAS against stunning
-The fact is: When you explain to Muftis and Ulamas the effects of stunning on the animal/meat ,they all oppose it…we badly need EDUCATION to Muftis and Ulamas all over the world !
Contributors: -Dr Shuja Shafi(Muslim Council of Britain)-Shaikh Yunus Didhwala(Halal Monitoring Committee)-Mohammad Amin(The founder of the Petition)-Imam Abdul Qayyum(East London Mosque)-Muhammad Salim(Unstunned Halal)-Abu Eesa-Mukhtar Ahmed (National Halal)
HADITH/Saying of the final Prophet Muhammad,peace be upon him.
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshiped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.” Narrated Maimun ibn Siyah that he asked Anas bin Malik, “O Abu Hamza! What makes the life and property of a person sacred?” He replied, “Whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshiped but Allah’, faces our Qibla during the prayers, prays like us and eats our slaughtered animal, then he is a Muslim, and has got the same rights and obligations as other Muslims have.”
Ref:Buhkari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387:
NO TO ANY TYPE OF STUNNING!
NO TO ANY MECHANICAL SLAUGHTER!
Reasons why Jews oppose mechanical, electrical or other methods of stunning:
- Shechita must be the only method of slaughter for food animals as laid down in the Torah (Al-Taurat)
- The animal must be living, viable and undamaged (stunning inflicts damage to the animal which makes the meat non-kosher for Jews (Haram)
- Stunning introduces another aspect to the slaughter procedure which is forbidden
- The shechita method automatically renders the animal unconscious (stun) so there is no need to use another stunning method either before or after slaughter
- With post-cut stunning the process of dying is interfered with, thus it might not be known with certainty what caused the death.
In addition to being an unwarranted interference, the effect of an imposed post-cut stun could prevent the animal from making the involuntary post-mortem reflexes which facilitate exsanguination from the carcase, thereby causing the halachic (Jewish Religious Law) problem of blood being absorbed back into the meat. This would be contrary to religious requirements, since the blood is forbidden to be eaten by Jews.
The sudden impact of stunning can cause the following injuries in an animal: lacerations of the capillaries in the lungs; pathological changes in the central nervous system; a common result is also vertebral fracture.
Stunning of poultry is also forbidden by Jews for the above reasons. Research by Animal Aid has shown that the electrical stunning of poultry causes much suffering, it is impossible to give the correct voltage to each bird on the line resulting in some chickens receiving too little electrical current to render them unconscious, a most painful experience, and other chickens who receive a lethal shock will be dead before slaughter.
From a hygiene perspective stunning before slaughter does not allow full bleed-out and blood is retained in the carcase. Since blood putrefies very rapidly harmful bacteria accumulate in the meat fibres which greatly reduces its meat-keeping qualities.
Meat slaughtered by shechita is painless to the animal and healthier for humans,
I hope this has been helpful. Good luck in Bosnia Inshallah
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