Note: Ms Hurds has made a public statement on this issue please see the addendum below. This addendum also has reasons other than animal cruelty why Halal meat is a problem.
My contact in Hereford has sent me another example of how mainstream politicians are sucking up to Islam and Islamic organisations (see scan below).
A slaughterhouse in Weobley, Herefordshire has been bought by the PakMecca meat company at an auction in Ludlow.
Getting very quick out of the starting blocks to support this company is the local Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Hereford, Lucy Hurds. She was positively gushing in her praise for this company and appears to be going out of her way to say to her potential voters ‘move along now, nothing to see here’.
Although this property has been an abattoir for a considerable time, what will go on there will not be, as Ms Hurds says, only ‘what has been going on before’. Halal slaughter is like no other form of ritual slaughter. Halal rules do not have the animal welfare safeguards that, for example, Kosher slaughter has. In halal slaughter there is no rule that says animals are not slaughtered in sight of other animals, which would give them distress, and there have long been suspicions that halal meat is so cheap because the slaughter conditions are so piss poor.
Halal slaughterhouses have also been accused of poor animal handling and slaughtering the animals in distressing conditions, or doing stuff that would be absolutely forbidden in kosher slaughter ie stabbing the neck of the live animal to bleed it out, rather than using a rounded ended blade that is more than razor sharp to open the arteries for exsanguination, as is the case with Kosher slaughter.
If you are going to have ritual slaughter then it must, as much as possible, be as far as practicable, cruelty free. There is no way on earth can Halal meat be called cruelty free, especially as animal after animal is slaughtered with a knife that gets progressively blunter after each cut, which causes progressively more pain to each succeeding animal. Unlike in Kosher slaughter, there is no requirement in Halal slaughter for the knife to be as sharp as possible and nick free, and because of this, animals suffer far more in halal butcheries than in almost any other type of meat production.
Unfortunately, even though Ms Hurds gushes profusely about ‘jobs’, this project will probably not bring jobs for local workers in the Herefordshire area as the slaughterer, according to Shariah Law, must be a pious Muslim and it is highly likely that many of the rest of the employees will be Muslim as well in order to comply with Shariah. Not only will it not bring jobs but it will bring more Muslims to Herefordshire, who will make the same outrageous demands for special or advantageous treatment as they do elsewhere in the UK.
Maybe Ms Hurds has one eye on the whipped or fraudulent ‘mosque vote’, that so often benefits Labour or Lib Dem politicians, but is a great detriment to both the indigenous population and those ex-Muslims who are fleeing from Islam in areas, like Tower Hamlets or Newham, where Muslims control a significant proportion of the vote,.
Ms Hurds and the local Liberal Democrats have nailed their colours to the mast on this one and have shown that in the future they will be as enthusiastic about giving Islam a political blow-job as they are elsewhere.
At least by speaking about this issue so enthusiastically Ms Hurds has given the people of Herefordshire a solid reason NOT to vote for the Liberal Democrats.
If you disagree with this Halal slaughter project then why not let Ms Hurds know about your view. Please send her a (polite) missive via one of the following methods
or visit her website at .http://lucyhurds.com/
She can be emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or she has a publicly published telephone number which is:
07827 011 611
Addendum: Ms Hurds has published a statement on her website (see the ‘more’ link on her site) clarifying the words that she used to the Hereford Times. Ms Hurds said:
“When asked what I thought about the possibility of the site reopening by the local paper I said ;
‘If the codes of practice used previously were still enforced then I welcomed the site reopening, as a local abbatoir would be good for animal welfare as it would cut down travelling time and stress for the animals and transport costs for the farmers. I expressed a hope that it would mean employment for local skilled and unskilled workers’.
I do not support any form of animal cruelty or practises that lead to animals suffering.”
Although this statement is welcome, it does raise questions about why Ms Hurds did not check to see if PakMecca was involved in ‘no-stun’ Halal meat before making her statement to the media. PakMecca proudly advertise that they are a ‘gateway to the no stun halal market’ and this should have given Ms Hurds some clue as to what PakMecca were up to.
Apart from the undoubted much greater animal cruelty issues involved in Halal slaughter, when compared to both conventional and Kosher slaughter (there are things, such as ‘sawing’ at the neck of an animal with a knife, ‘pressing’ the knife against the animal and hanging the animal up by the legs whilst still alive which are allowed in Halal slaughter which are absolutely forbidden in both conventional and Kosher slaughter), there are other reasons to be opposed to Halal slaughter.
Firstly some of the money paid to the Halal certification authorities must under Islamic law be donated to specific ‘charitable’ causes. This tax or Zakat, of 2.5% of the total wealth of the Islamic owner of the Halal enterprise is distributed to Islamic causes according to Shariah Law. One of these causes is ‘those fighting in the name of Allah’. In other words, when you purchase Halal meat, either knowingly or unknowingly (and there is a lot of supermarket meat that is Halal but this is not disclosed to the customer), you are helping to fund terrorism by those ‘fighting in the name of Allah’.
By buying Halal food or supporting Halal enterprises you are indirectly funding the bullets that are fired at British soldiers in places like Afghanistan, and the bombs planted by Jihadists that maim and kill people throughout the world. This is not a prejudicial statement on my part, this is information that can be found in the pre-eminent Islamic guide to Shariah Law ‘The Reliance of the Traveller’.
The second reason for not supporting Halal is a theological one in that Christians and Jews are forbidden to eat food that is sacrificed to an idol or or a false god. There some debate among Christians about whether Halal is food ‘sacrificed to an idol or false god, but the position of Jewish law or Halacha is quite plain in that because an Islamic prayer is offered up at the time of slaughter, and because Islam has set the Islamic ‘prophet’ Mohammed up as a ‘Messenger’ from Allah, Islam is no longer classed as pure monotheism and could therefore be classed as ‘idol worship’. Also Sikhs are forbidden to eat any meat that has been ritually slaughtered, and that goes for both Halal and Kosher slaughter.
If you are interested in the Christian perspective on this I would recommend that you read the piece below by the Christian theologian Dr Patrick Sookhdeo at the Barnabas Fund site. For Orthodox Jews the fact that the name of the Islamic deity is pronounced and a declaration made by the slaughterer that ‘there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet’, the Shahada, would classify Halal meat as food sacrificed to an idol and therefore forbidden.
A Christian perspective on this issue ‘Christians should be cautious about eating Halal meat
An Orthodox Jewish perspective that views Halal meat as the same as any other non Kosher meat, ie it is considered as ‘Treifah’ or forbidden.