Friday, December 31, 2010

Reply to Truthwatcher about PETA and Halal, too large for comments.

OK, Truthwatcher, I followed your suggestion and Googled 'PETA Halal slaughter' and I stand partly corrected since the only place this opposition exists is on the PETA web site.  I found the statement you referred to written over a year ago (reprinted below) that concerned PETA opposing Islamic Halal in Belgium so I wonder why this opposition to a barbaric Islamic Sharia rule has never been broadcast in America? Is PETA afraid of being accused of being Islamophobic? What point does it make to hide these remarks where the majority of Americans won't find them? I also followed the link within this statement to the web site about Islam and Animals but the only objection they have is sheep and cattle that have been fed pork by-products, not the barbaric slaughter.
While PETA has objected to Halal in one European country a  year ago, what about the use of Halal in Canada and the United States today? What about the American restaurants that are now serving Halal slaughtered meat? If PETA can take such extreme positions as objecting to animal hides used to make shoes and belts and pocketbooks why have they been so quiet in the face of Islamic expansion in America?

Here are the references you were talking about:
The PETA Files
The Cruelty Behind Muslim Ritual Slaughter
I'm going to be frank—after a minute and a half of GAIA's latest undercover video footage from a halal slaughterhouse in Belgium, I had to stop watching. But while I was able to hit a pause button, the more than 250,000 cows, sheep, and goats who are slaughtered while they are still conscious must endure prolonged torment. Animals killed halal (according to Islamic law) cannot be stunned before their throats are cut, which means that many animals—including the cow shown in this video—fight and gasp for their last breath, struggling to stand while the blood drains from their necks.

 Belgium forbids slaughter without prior stunning, but the law does not apply to ritual slaughter practices, even though much of the halal meat produced in the country is distributed both to religious and nonreligious markets. Islamic teachings encourage kindness and compassion toward all creatures, which is why many Muslims make the humane decision to go vegan. Visit to learn more about cruelty-free alternatives to halal meat.

Written by Logan Scherer
Posted by PETA

Islam and Animals

Are you eating “halal” meat? Did you know that your sheep have probably eaten chicken in their feed? Or that your dairy cows have probably had pork bones in their feed? A new article shows that this problem extends beyond meat in America—even animals in the Islamic world are fed these products.


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