Letter to Canadian Government Staff Re: Islamic Ritual Slaughter and Food Labeling

Update: Nov 23, 2018:

Note: If you don’t want to read about the slaughter process and why exactly the Sharia Law Halal method is opposed by almost all animal welfare organizations, you may want to scroll down directly to the heading on “Equal Food Labeling Rights for Non-Muslims.”

Thank you [Canadian Government, CFIA] for your response of Nov 16, 2018. To clarify information in your opening paragraph, my concerns are: that CFIA is not standing for animal welfare; and, that CFIA is supporting the Islamic religion with mandatory ritual meat product food labeling, but neglecting meat product food labeling for the 97% of Canadians of other religions (or non-religions).

Sharia Law Halal, Live Animal, Non-Stunned Slaughter Ban

My October 22, 2018 question was: when will Canada ban live animal, non-stun slaughter for reasons of the humane treatment of animals as has Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and other countries?

Your letter included this information:

The Meat Regulation Inspection stipulates that every food animal be slaughtered humanely [and the CFIA implements humane treatment of animal policies in all slaughter houses]. This applies to both ritual slaughter (non-stunning) and conventional slaughter (with prior stunning).

Your letter went on to say that the CFIA believes the non-stun ritual slaughter method is humane (contrary to most every animal welfare organization) because it believes it is endorsed by Prof Temple Grandin, who is indeed a recognized authority on this issue.

I respectfully disagree that she endorses non-stun slaughter. Based on her below statement, I believe she endorses conventional captive bolt slaughter. I have provided headings and summarized Prof Grandin’s statements in bold font.

1. Head Only Stunning: [Ritual Slaughter Method With High Risk of Pain and Fear for Animal if it is not completed in 15-23 seconds]:

When the electrical current is applied across the head only, it causes a temporary loss of consciousness. …To prevent the animal from returning to sensibility it must be bled [with a ritual knife] within 15 to 23 seconds (Gregory, 2007; Lambooij, 1982). Head only stunning is completely reversible [i.e. the animal can fully recover if not bled within 15-23 seconds] When head only electrical stunning is performed, the heart continues to beat (Weaver and Wotton, 2008; Gilbert and Devine, 1982).

2. Cardiac Arrest Stunning [Animal Not Alive When Slaughtered So Doesn’t Meet Religious Ritual Slaughter Criteria]:[C]ardiac arrest stunning stop[s] the heart and kill[s] the animal. (Vogel et al, 2010; Gilbert and Devine, 1982). [emphasis added]

3. Captive Bolt: The Conventional, Canadian Slaughter Method: [If Islamic] religious authorities use heartrate to determine [if] the animal is dead [the conventional “captive bolt” method will achieve this religious ritual requirement of the animal technically being alive when slaughtered.] The heart will continue to beat for up to 8-10 minutes even [though] the brain has been destroyed [rendering the animal impervious to pain and fear and sufficient time, accounting for human error, for the ritual knife to kill the animal]. …The use of either a non-penetrating or a penetrating captive bolt allows the heart to keep beating for up to 8-10 minutes. [T]he animal’s heart will be stopped by the [ritual] knife cut. (Vinnic et al, 1983). [emphasis added]

Prof Grandin says it is the conventional “captive bolt” method which provides “sufficient time (8-10 minutes)” …for “the [ritual] knife to kill the animal” [without causing pain and/or fear]. This squares up with almost all animal welfare organizations in the world and the many countries that have banned Sharia Law Halal slaughter.

If you could please answer my question from my October 22, 2018 letter: What would it take to have [Sharia Law religious ritual non-stun slaughter] banned? (for example, a certain number of signatures on a petition; lobbying by the Canadian Veterinary Association?)

Equal Food Labeling Rights for Non-Muslims of Sharia Law Halal Products

As you know, CFIA recently implemented mandatory (not voluntary) meat product labeling for people of the Muslim faith. This requires merchants to provide the actual name of the Sharia Law Halal Certifying Authority that certified the non-stun ritual slaughter method was used, and that the Islamic ritual was performed on the animal when it was slaughtered.

My question in my October 22, 2018 letter was and remains: When will Canada require grocery stores and public institutions (like universities and hospitals) to label meat products as Halal or not Halal so that all consumers (not just Muslims) are equally informed; and, ensure [non-Muslim] consumers are always provided readily available non-Halal alternatives when purchasing products.

Your letter provided information that:

  1. I should contact grocery stores to request voluntary labeling; and,
  2. the “vast majority” of meat products are not Sharia Law non-stun slaughtered.

This confirms (as have other sources) that the “minority” of meat products in grocery store meat counters are in fact non-stun Sharia Law slaughtered.

It also confirms that the 97% of Christians, Jews, Atheists, all non-Muslim Canadians, are being misled in grocery stores. They think they are buying non-sectarian, conventionally humanely slaughtered meat products when in fact it is ritual non-stun slaughtered Islamic meat products.

As you know, Sharia Law Halal meat products are growing exponentially far beyond what would be normal for a product for the Muslim 3% of the population. Food labeling will be an increasing issue.

Cargill corporate offices were forthright in informing me that “the vast majority” of meat is not Sharia Law Halal non-stun slaughtered, but the minority of it is.

I have not contacted any slaughter houses, but I did send email inquires and made follow up phone calls to all of the big grocery stores and fast food chains. Only one store out of 10 responded. They apparently don’t want to talk about it.

I would appreciate answers to my above questions to have ritual, non-stun slaughter banned in Canada; and, appropriate, equal food labeling so that Non-Muslims are not misled about meat products.


Letter to Canadian Government Staff Re: Islamic Ritual Slaughter and Food Labeling October 22, 2018

Sharia Law Halal, Live Animal, Non-Stunned Slaughter Ban

According to Sharia Law “Halal Monitoring Authorities” operating across Canada the Halal ritual requires the following for meat consumed by Muslims:

  • the animal must have been alive when slaughtered; and,
  • an Islamic religious ritual must have been performed over the animal.

Almost every animal welfare organization in the world, including the Canadian Veterinary Association, oppose live animal, non-stunned slaughter because it is scientifically proven to cause unnecessary pain and fear in the animal.

1. When will Canada ban live animal, non-stun slaughter for reasons of the humane treatment of animals as has Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and other countries?

2. If there are currently no plans to ban live animal, non-stun slaughter:

a. why not?; and,

b. what would it take to have it banned? (for example, a certain number of signatures on a petition; lobbying by the Canadian Veterinary Association?)

Equal Food Labeling Rights for Non-Muslims of Sharia Law Halal Products

Re: The Canada Food Inspection Agency’s new labeling requirements that now requires grocery stores selling Sharia Law Halal meat products to label the meat with the exact name of the “Halal Monitoring Authority” who certified it Halal.

On the same basis that the new Sharia Law Halal food labeling came into effect to give assurance to the 3.25% of Muslims that the meat products they are purchasing were slaughtered Sharia Law Halal:

the 97% of Canadians who are non-Muslim also need food labeling assurances that their meat product purchases were not Sharia Law Halal slaughtered.

Less than 4% of Canada’s population is Muslim yet somewhere between 15-30% or more of chicken and beef slaughtered in Canada has been through a Sharia Law Halal process, suggesting a disproportionate amount of meat, not labeled as Halal, is sold in Canadian meat counters. Some of this can be explained by a percentage of Sharia Law Halal meat being exported to Muslims countries.

However, as was found in the U.K. there is Sharia Law Halal meat being sold in meat counters with no labeling to indicate it is Halal. (The former head of the British Veterinary Association is seeking food labeling legislation in the U.K. to redress this.) This lack of food labeling leaves non-Muslim consumers uninformed about their purchases when, if they knew it was Halal, may object to it on the grounds of:

1. the humane treatment of animals. Canadians who oppose live animal, non-stunned slaughter deserve to know if they are buying:

a. non-stun slaughtered meat products; and, Canadians also to deserve to know if the meat product was 

b. slaughtered using one of the modified stunning methods now used by many Halal slaughter houses to attempt to side-step controversy. In these methods the animal is alive (thereby meeting the Sharia Law requirements), but sufficiently stunned to avoid fear and pain – if the slaughterer is sufficiently skilled, the restraint method used is humane, etc.

Just as Muslims want assurances, so do non-Muslim consumers deserve assurance that the meat products they are purchasing were not slaughtered using the non-stun or “grey area” method, but rather were stunned using the widely recognized as humane method of stunning in Canada, typically the captive bolt method.

2. their personal, non-Muslim religious beliefs. Many consumers may object to being subjected to an Islamic Sharia Law ritual without their permission when it is assumed that our purchases are non-sectarian, especially in government funded facilities like hospitals and universities.

When will Canada require grocery stores and public institutions (like universities and hospitals) to label meat products as Halal or not Halal so that all consumers are equally informed; and, ensure consumers are always provided readily available non-Halal alternatives when purchasing products?

 

*Jewish ritual also requires live non-stunned animal slaughter; however, it is the Sharia Law Halal ritual that is exponentially expanding to such an extent that the CFIA had to respond to Sharia Law Halal.

For further information on Sharia Law Halal, click here.

 

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