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Tory MPs lobbying for compulsory labelling on kosher and halal meat

By Daniel Easterman, May 9, 2014

Conservative MPs are lobbying for a change in the law which would force restaurants and supermarkets to label their meat if it is halal or kosher.

The move by Conservative backbenchers comes as it was revealed this week that several major food and drink chains including Pizza Express, Ask and Costa have been serving halal meat without informing customers on their menus.

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Campaigners call for better meat labelling as halal row intensifies

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2014

Clearer food labelling should be used to inform shoppers how animals have been killed, shechita campaigners have urged.

As the focus on the use of halal meat in mainstream restaurants and supermarkets grows, those who support the religious methods of slaughter have again backed increased labelling.

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Government's animal slaughter mis-stunning figures 'woefully misleading'

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

Shechita campaigners have accused the government of presenting “woefully misleading” figures on the number of animals mis-stunned in British abattoirs.

Health Minister Jane Ellison told Parliament that, according to the Food Standards Agency, the number of mis-stuns for animals, including chickens, cattle and sheep, in 2013 had been 28, an increase of one on the previous year.

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Shechita campaigners complain over Mail on Sunday article

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

Campaign group Shechita UK has reported the Mail on Sunday to the Press Complaints Commission over an “aggressive and sensationalised” report on religious slaughter.

The group said the Mail’s article was “deeply unpleasant not only for the pejorative and mischievous editorial line but also for the way in which it deliberately misled its readers”.

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There's no threat to shechitah here

March 13, 2014

Another month, another attempt to curtail the right of Jews — and Muslims — to practise our religions. This time the threat is led by the president-elect of the British Veterinary Association. John Blackwell is simply wrong to assert that he has animal welfare on his side. Animal welfare is at the heart of shechita — which is more than can be said for some alternative slaughter methods.

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A shechita ban would cost votes

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

While Jewish campaigners have felt anxious about threats to religious slaughter for years, they have remained assured by politicians’ pledges to defend the practice.

Concern will now mount, however, that British Veterinary Association president-elect John Blackwell’s remarks have made shechita a talking point 14 months before a general election.

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There are fundamental differences between shechita and halal slaughtering

By Alan Montague, March 13, 2014

Whenever religious slaughter makes the headlines, both shechita and dhabihah (the term used for halal slaughter) tend to be considered as two sides of the same coin. Yet there are fundamental differences.

The vast majority of halal meat (between 80 and 90 per cent) is mechanically stunned just as it would be at a conventional slaughterhouse.

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Kosher slaughter does not cause more suffering

By Stuart Rosen, March 13, 2014

There is ample scientific evidence that shechita is at least as humane as conventional slaughter. The speed and precision of the incision results in immediate loss of consciousness.

Blood-flow to the brain is halted; blood empties rapidly from the brain and irreversible cessation of consciousness and insensibility to pain are achieved, providing a most effective stun.

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British vet condemned over shechita attack

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

Shechita campaigners have attempted to play down the impact of comments made by the leader of the country’s vets after he suggested religious slaughter should be banned in Britain.

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Tory MP claims shechita is un-British

By Naomi Firsht, March 7, 2014

A Tory MP has attacked shechita as against everything Britain stands for.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, who is also secretary of the associate parliamentary group for animal welfare, said Jewish and Muslim methods of religious slaughter were imported foreign traditions that were unacceptable in the UK.

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