Animal welfare 'obsessed' with religious slaughter
Do you eat meat? Then you'll know that, regardless, something delicious died for you to chew. Those that eat meat will find it hard to ever fully justify eating animals, beyond the fact that, when it comes down to it, you morals aren't as strong as your love as munching bits of pig, cow, chicken or whatever.
Some people are very concerned with the welfare of animals before someone kills them and hacks them to bits. They want sheep to gambol around the fields before a butcher drains them of their blood and turns them into chops. Most people aren't bothered, because you can't tell the difference between the flavours enough, once you've thrown minced up animal in your bolognese.
Fact is, it is a bit cruel culling animals just so we can turn them into pies, but sadly for the animals involved, they are incredibly pleasant to eat and nothing has ever sufficiently replaced the tastiness of flesh.
With that, Jewish and Muslim leaders are apparently tired of animal rights lobbyists who are getting 'obsessed' with the way they kill animals for food. These pressure groups aren't at all happy with non-stun slaughtering and the Muslims and Jews are beginning to think that campaigners are so focused on their butchery that they're doing it to the point of forgetting about almost all other animal welfare issues.
They say the practices that are most complained about only account for a tiny percentage of animals killed.
This all coincides with a House of Commons debate which is responding to an internet petition which is calling for a ban on non-stun animal slaughter. The petition drew in advance of 115,000 signatures, while an opposing petition got itself 72,000. The rest of the country, you'd assume, was too busy seeing how much bacon it could shove in its gob and dreaming about sausages to even slightly worry about dead creatures.
Shimon Cohen of Shechita UK, who campaign for Jewish religious slaughter, says: "Since January 2013 there has been a House of Lords Debate and a Westminster Hall Debate on the subject, with a third debate scheduled for Monday. Many other animal welfare concerns, such as game hunting and mechanical mis-stunning, have not been debated once in that time."
"This continued focus on religious slaughter is dog-whistle politics of the worst sort and its effect is to undermine community relations. For animal welfare groups to keep pushing for a ban is wild-eyed and obsessive."
Cohen reckons that Shechita, which sees an animals throat, windpipe and blood vessels getting cut, killing it instantly, amounts to less than 1% of all slaughter in the UK.
He added: "Two weeks ago a horrific film of extraordinary disregard for animal welfare at a non-mechanically stunned abattoir in Yorkshire came to light. Animal welfare campaigners called for an end of religious slaughter. Four days later a similar video was released at a conventional slaughter house and I didn't hear one call to end conventional slaughter."
"If there is a genuine interest in improving animal welfare standards at time of slaughter, we need to look at many areas like abattoir practices, CCTV and mis-stunning. This fixation with religious slaughter beggars belief. At the moment the Muslim community is being tarred by the horrors of terrorism and these calls for a ban on religious slaughter feed into that mood music."
Dr Shuja Shafi, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, added: "Muslim and Jewish slaughter practice is being singled out when animal welfare abuses in non-religious slaughter houses are being ignored. Proper ritual slaughter is not incompatible with animal welfare."
We'd argue that 'proper ritual slaughter' is rather incompatible with animal welfare, what with the result being a corpse. A delicious corpse we can't wait to get our teeth into, granted. The fact is that, slaughtering animals for us to eat isn't ever in the animal's interest. Ever. Unless of course, cows dream about becoming steak bakes.
Even if you cuddled a sheep to death or kissed a cow until it passed out of bliss in a sunny field, the point remains is that, at some point, the creature isn't going to wake up and you're going to end up crapping it out. Unless you're doing it for the flavour, no-one can say that slaughtering an animal has anything to do with its well-being.
Maybe Bitterwallet should start a campaign called: 'Eating Meat: Not An Ideal Set-Up, But What Are You Gonna Do Eh?'