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The Truth About Halal Meat

Halal meat has been hitting the headlines this week, with revelations that several major UK restaurants, including PizzaExpress and Subway, have been “secretly” selling it to customers.

Here’s the thing: no religion needs to slaughter animals for food. For anyone who’s concerned about animals raised and killed for food, there is only one label that really matters: “vegan”. Yes, people have a right to know what – or who – is in their food, but the simple solution to avoid mystery-meat scandals is to eat plant-based meals, which are kinder to animals and open to all faiths. And it’s so easy to eat with a clear conscience. At PizzaExpress, try ordering the new vegan Pianta pizza, or at Subway, try the Veggie Delite.

WE Cow copyDon’t get us wrong, as long as animals are still killed for food, stopping the most inhumane slaughter methods – in which cows and other animals have their throats cut while they’re still conscious – would be a step in the right direction, but even in conventional abattoirs, millions of animals are improperly stunned in the UK every year and face the fatal incision awake, alert and terrified.

And let’s not forget that the actual slaughter, whether the animal is stunned and killed or just killed, is only part of the long and blatantly cruel process of modern meat production. At the “best” of times, meat is a product of a bloody and violent industry with no respect for other living beings who value their lives in the same way that we do and experience the same pain and terror that we would if we were killed for a sandwich or a pizza topping.

Chickens are mutilated by having the sensitive ends of their beaks cut off – without painkillers. Pigs are castrated – also without painkillers. Animals may be kept in darkened sheds for their entire lives and never see the sun or confined to cages so small that they can barely turn around. They have their beloved babies taken away from them when they are just days or even hours old. And on their journey to slaughter, they will be crammed into dirty lorries on a punishing journey that can last for days, often with inadequate food or water, before reaching their final destination – all of which directly contradicts the basic principles of compassion and reverence for life shared by most religions.

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As the Dalai Lama said, “My religion is kindness”. And the only diet that expresses kindness, is open to all religions and truly respects animal rights is a vegan one.

If you care about animals, you can practice what you preach by signing our 30-day vegan pledge:

Images: Jo-Anne McArthur / weanimals.org

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  1. I am already vegan, because of the cruelty to animals in all parts of the
    “food”-proces…. HATE IT!!!

  2. avatar becky smith says:

    Digusted at this. Animals are better than humans we are so evil and barbaric to do this to them

    • avatar james fagson says:

      no completely dizagrees we can use technology if their more superior why do we eat them.

  3. avatar caroline says:

    I must try harder for the poor animals, I hope they rest in heaven

  4. avatar caroline says:

    Feel so wrongly for the poor animals

  5. avatar Debra Dewey says:

    The cruelty is now becoming huge. It has to stop.

  6. avatar Glenda Butler says:

    Am already vegan since 2008 and I can never turn back to eating/wearing animals or animal products – have found it harder to give up sugary treats. I would say to anyone that it’s the best decision i’ve ever made in my life. Not only is it the kindest way to live but healthiest, I’ve lost weight and kept it off, my hair shinier, skin clearer, my senses are more heightened, and I have a deeper connection to living things. All this was progressive and unexpected.

  7. avatar Lotta Nygård Mattsson says:

    I will try to be 100% vegan

  8. avatar Halal Meat says:

    […] lot of the comments, people don't like Halal because they think slaughtering an animal is cruel. The Truth About Halal Meat This blog by peta says, "For anyone who’s concerned about animals raised and killed for […]

  9. avatar Dave Winters says:

    Note to PETA. Don’t use misleading titles. This is generic about all meat not just halal. Since it’s a big thing people actually want to know what’s happening when halal meat is slaughtered not just your views on how all meat is bad.

    • avatar Mac says:

      Dave Winters,
      Not sure what your agenda is… How can any person from a civilised country and with an iota of decency attempt to defend a slaughter system so cruel and barbaric that it should be condemned by anyone other than those rooted in the Dark Ages. Ignorance! Not an excuse in the day and age when you can Google and educate yourself from the results. Check the RSPCA website, far too submissive and non-condemning but do state the facts relating to halal and kosher if you dig deep enough…
      I can agree with the above Commentators who want to go vegan BUT to argue that if animals are farmed for their meat then to say that their deaths should be carried out by a blade to their throats while still conscious beggars belief. Are you sure name is ‘Winters’ and this is not some nom de plume for a more arabic based name!!!

  10. avatar Alice Jones says:

    I am a lifelong vegetarian. Disgusted at the whole industry and have currently turned 2 peopke vegetarian. Animals are not ours to eat, wear, enjoy for entertainment or abuse in any other way. Normal meat is just as bad as Halal- yet the media never speaks up…

    • avatar Mac says:

      Alice!
      Your last sentence tells that you need educating on the reality of the abomination known as halal… In ‘normal’ slaughtering cruelty CAN occur in halal it is a REQUIREMENT!
      To put it into simple terms that you may understand: Suppose you or a friend has a pet (cat, dog, rabbit, horse etc etc) and it becomes ill and gets taken to the Vet. The vet says ‘Sorry’ but the animal is not going to get better and that the kindest thing is that it is put down.
      You are shocked and sad but agree that if that’s what’s the best for the animal you agree that it may be for the best…
      The Vet then pulls a drawer open and grabs a knife, tethers the animal, strings it up from the ceiling, slashes its throat and allows it to slowly bleed to death…
      I expect that you have other reasons for comparing both methods in the same mindset BUT use Google and see what the TRUTH of Third World, Uncivilised Barbarity really means to the Abused Animals (not pleasant! but if you make statements, prepare to face the truth) …
      Mac

  11. avatar William Ainsworth says:

    The ritual slaughter of animals needs to be completely stopped in this country. PETA should be campaigning to have it banned. Or perhaps your scared of the backlash?

  12. avatar Brian Williams says:

    Dave Winters is right. This is a misleading title. I am willing to debate separately the reasons that I am not vegan, just that I want to minimise my use of intensive farming and the needless cruelty that brings to the animals’ short lives.

    Given that there are many, many people who will not stop eating meat, the ethical treatment of meat animals demands that ritual slaughter methods are banned. To talk about botched stunning is a strawman. Proper regulatory control should be able to stop accidental / incompetent cruelty, but unstunned throat slitting is planned and deliberate and very, very cruel.

    I think you would be living up to your name, “Ethical Treatment of Animals” if you campaigned for the banning of ritual slaughter. Either that or you should be more truthful and call yourselves “People for the legal imposition of veganism”.

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