Should we tolerate the barbaric Halal Slaughter method for Irish farm animals?
The technology of the captive bolt gun allows animals to be slaughtered painlessly
Instead of using this method Irish Farm animals are killed by slashing their throats and bleeding them to death for five minutes inflicting appalling cruelty.
Surely decency requires we suspend this practice? If you did this to your cat or dog on your from lawn you would probably do to jail for years.
Have a look if you can bear it. The first shots indicates bolt gun slaughter. The next is slashing a bovine in the throat and the slow painful death of a terrified animal.
Halal Slaughter - YouTube
If you are prepared to tolerate it you should be prepared to watch it! Surely some non Muslims would buy our beef if it was humanely slaughtered? There must be a market for ethically slaughtered beef?
Our Law forbids slaughtering an animal unless it has been rendered unconcious first with an approved instrument.
Exceptions are made for Jewish or Muslim Slaughter men provided the meat is for consumption by Jews or Muslims!
15.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, no person shall in a slaughter-house, slaughter or render unconscious for the purpose of slaughter an animal of any particular kind by any means or in any manner otherwise than by means of an instrument which is an approved instrument in relation to animals of that particular kind and is in good working order and is used in the approved manner.
(2) Nothing in this section shall apply to or render unlawful—
(a) the slaughter of any animal for consumption as food by Jews, where such slaughter is carried out according to the Jewish method by a Jew who is for the time being approved in that behalf by the Chief Rabbi of the Irish Free State for the time being or in his absence by the Board of Shechita of the Jewish Community of Dublin,
(b) the slaughter of any animal for consumption as food by Mahommedans, where such slaughter is carried out according to the Mahommedan method by a Mahommedan, or
(c) the slaughter of any animal by any means in the course of an inquiry, investigation, or experiment made by direction of the Minister for Agriculture under this Part of this Act.
It would appear that it is illegal to supply Kosher meat or Halal meat to no jews or muslims, as the meat could not comply with this act if it were so supplied.