Why Halal is More Humane

Interesting article, after reading this it’s easier to understand why more and more non Muslims have switched to Halal.

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Andy Elliott may think that the suffering faced by animals slaughtered under Halal law is ‘unimaginable’ (Write Back, October 16), yet should he inadvertently cut himself with something sharp, he would not notice until he saw the bleeding, as happens from time to time when handling sheets of paper.

When the arteries in the neck are severed, blood pressure to the brain falls to negligible levels almost instantly, rendering the animal unconscious, certainly faster than the time lapse until any pain resulting from the cut could possibly be felt.

What Mr Elliott fails to appreciate is that the stunning process itself often fails to be effective at its first application, requiring repeated attempts which causes considerable pain and distress to the animal.

In reality, when performed by a skilled slaughterer, this is the most humane way of killing animals.


Salford, England


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5 Responses to Why Halal is More Humane

  1. Anas October 19, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Alhumdillah, a very Nice Article…

  2. Muslim Social Networ October 20, 2009 at 1:31 am #

    Very nice, reminds me of Eid ul Adha.

  3. Anonymous October 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    I'm a butcher, and frankly, it takes minutes for an animal to bleed to death. They do suffer immensely. Although they may not feel the cut itself because of a drop of blood pressure in the brain, they feel the actual drop of pressure, they get extreme anxiety as they try to breathe, and end up with a lot of blood in their lungs for inhaling the blood spreadring over the trachya. Although it sounds humane on paper, in practice I promise you it is not.

    The most humane way of killing an animal is to break the neck, sever the connection between the brain and the rest of the body, or simply turn the brain to mush as fast as possible. I'm afraid to say Halal is not that humane.


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