Halal-standard slaughtering doesn’t need animals awake (New Scientist)

December 4, 2006

“He has only forbidden you dead meat and blood, and the flesh of swine and that on which any other name has been invoked besides that of God.” [2:173]

Muslim religious law requires, among other things, that an animal must be drained of blood before it is halal – permissible for consumption. Ritual slaughter according to Jewish dietary law – shechita – has the same prescription. Most Muslim slaughterers believe that drainage will only be complete if the throat of the animal is slit without stunning it first, but now Haluk Anil of the University of Bristol, UK, and colleagues have shown that the amount of blood drained from the animal, and the rate of blood loss, is the same regardless of whether or not it is stunned first.

Anil’s team have already shown that stunning does not affect “bleed-out” in sheep. Now they have done the same thing in cattle. They measured the bleed-out in 13 cattle killed by the tradition Muslim method, and 13 killed in the same way, but having first been stunned by a captive-bolt-pistol blow to the head (Animal Welfare, vol 15, p 325).

“Stunning does not impede blood loss, therefore this objection cannot be used any more,” says Anil, who is coordinating a European Union project to examine legislation and welfare issues related to religious slaughter, both shechita and halal.

Source: New Scientist (03 December 2006)

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6 Responses to “Halal-standard slaughtering doesn’t need animals awake (New Scientist)”

  1. IBRAHIM ADIL Says:

    scientific FIQHU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. IBRAHIM ADIL Says:

    HALAL AND HARAM IS DEFINED CLEARLY IN THE NOBLE QURUAN
    (WHICH IS GOOD FOR HUMAN-KIND (SCIENTIFICALLY) IS HALAL.

  3. IBRAHIM ADIL Says:

    CONT;
    THATS WAY THE NOBLE QURUAN IS A MIRACLE (ALLAH THE GREAT)MOHAMMADH (PBUH) HIGHLY PRAISED.
    A TRUTH FULL HUMAN PROPHET SEND BY ALLAH.HIS CONDUCT IS
    QURUAN.

  4. shez Says:

    I am researching right now on what Halal means in term of meat. Inshahallah very soon I’ll be posting on it.
    I certainly agree with you that Quran is very clear about Haram and Halal but I am not sure if Halal really means slaughtering in a specific way. surly its very clear in Quran that we must recite Allah’s name before consuming it.

    Regards

    – Shez

  5. IBRAHIM ADIL Says:

    slaughter in the name of Allah (CATTLE BIRDS)HALAL…
    State of the animal—–If dead. HARAM…Before slaughtering, by the name of Allah. Science was the muslim’s play ground in his history.Medicine.Maths .
    etc; I Love to go extra mile to find out what is good
    for man kind. Cause every good things, Acts, are law full in Islam—OR IN THE NOBLE QRUAN….

    peace—peace
    I.ADIL

  6. IBRAHIM ADIL Says:

    I NEVER COME ACROSS IN THE NOBLE QURUAN ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF DRAINAGE OF BLOOD.IN TERMS OF HALAL.
    YOU MAY NOT FIND ANY SCIENTIFIC ERROR IN QURUAN…


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