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Opinion: Clarifying halal methods – ‘Animal Welfare is paramount’

By ZÉNA BUTT, HFF

By ZÉNA BUTT, HFF THE halal meat industry has had a mammoth amount of media coverage in the last week or so. Following The Sun’s front page article on the ‘Halal Secret of Pizza Express’ (May 7, 2014), a snowball effect has occurred and issues pertaining to whether halal slaughter is humane and whether all religiously slaughtered meat (as well as stunned and non-stunned meat) should be clearly labelled. Like other certification bodies in the UK and internationally, we at the Halal Food Authority (HFA) accept the use of stunning rendering the animal insensible to pain before slaughter – under…

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