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‘Pre-stun slaughter could be accepted by all’

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By Josh Loeb

Many Islamic scholars would accept pre-stun slaughter of livestock – but only if shown proof that animals continue to live after being stunned up until the point of having their necks cut.

This finding by academic and halal slaughter expert Awal Fuseini has fuelled calls for Defra to undertake a study aimed at determining whether animals die post-stunning, and, if so, at what point.

In a paper recently published in the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare’s journal Animal Welfare, Fuseini wrote that the debate within the Muslim community about whether stunning was acceptable arose from a lack of consensus about the definition of death.

This matters because, for meat to be considered halal, animals must be still alive at the point of cutting the neck.

If it can be demonstrated that animals …

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