CHICKEN COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN COMPLAINSABOUT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST POULTRY

From THE GUARDIAN:

About 10 million turkeys are expected to be eaten in the UK over Christmas with most people unaware of how the bird on their plate was killed. All that could change under proposed EU legislation that would require the labelling of unstunned halal and kosher meat, to the chagrin of Muslim and Jewish groups.

All meat and meat products "derived from animals that have not been stunned prior to slaughter ie have been ritually slaughtered," would have to be specified as such under amendment 205 to the EU food information regulations. The stated aim is to allow consumers to make an informed choice, consistent with their ethical concerns, but opponents argue it is discriminatory.

"If you are only labelling meat provided for Muslims and Jews you are discriminating against Muslims and Jews," said Shimon Cohen, campaign director for Shechita UK.

COMMENT: If the labelling states that the animal has been killed in accordance with halal and kosher requirements then it could be discriminatory. But if the label simply states that the animal was not stunned before being killed than it is not. End of story. Next!

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CHICKEN COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN COMPLAINSABOUT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST POULTRY — 3 Comments

  1. I’m of the opposite mind, MP. In truth, the vast majority of people have _no concept_ of what goes into food prep or marketing and this sort of scheme reeks of scare tactics.

    To me, saying “this meat is Kosher/Halal” is providing information and isn’t discriminatory. It means, in general, that the animal itself is of a higher quality, was killed more humanely and has been handled in a significantly cleaner environment than non-kosher/halal meat. I say this as a former professional cattleman.

    OTOH, describing in some graphic detail how the animal has been slaughtered and butchered, specifically if the methods by which non-kosher/halal meat is slaughtered and butchered…that is discriminatory.

    I’m wondering if these same rules will be applied to most shellfish sold…

    “This lobster (or crayfish or crab) was not killed prior to being boiled in accordance with your ancient, barbaric practices.”

  2. How does the butcher tell the difference between a turkey that has been stunned and one that has not?

    If the dead turkey has a stunned look on its face it will have been stunned. Come on, Bill, this isn’t rocket science, you know!