I don't see the problem.
Halal meat is actually considered to be slaughtered in a more humane way because it's supposedly quicker.
Now, about stunning....Dhabiha, like the kosher "schechting," is a swift incision made with a sharp knife on the animal's neck, cutting both the jugular vein and carotid artery. The spinal cord must remain intact. Many Muslims do, in fact, consider kosher meat halal, though stricter adherents do not. Orthodox Jews, however, do not consider halal meat as kosher, because kosher schechting does have other requirements.
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This doesn't sound humane to me.There is evidence from human beings that electrical stimulation is painful. Electrical current is widely used to torture people in South America/ the Middle East and China; cattle prods or electric batons are used. Victims of torture attest that the larger the voltage or current, the more painful it is; they do not go unconscious immediately. The power used to torture people is of the same order as that used to stun animals. Greater energy used in the electric chair kills the victim after some minutes, or spoils the taste of meat. Of course, the voltages and currents experienced by the human beings or animals are much lower than those coming out of the devices they use, because the electrodes can not be applied accurately and firmly, and there are alternative pathways across the skin, through the skin and into the tissues. In the case of prisoners in the electric chair, the electrodes are moistened and bound firmly to the head and foot to ensure good contact.
Industrial slaughter, from the same link.
I had a great aunt who used to do something really weird with the chickens. Chop their head off, let them run, and that's that. What's with this junk above?Large numbers of animals are slaughtered rapidly in an assembly line. Chickens are lifted by their legs when they are fully conscious. Their heads are immersed in water to make electrical contact, but some flutter and are not stunned. Chickens and pigs are subjected to scalding water to remove their feathers and hair. When stunning is not done properly or exsanguination has not progressed enough, a significant proportion of animals is burnt before going unconscious.
Also, I remember watching this episode of Dirty Jobs where the pigs were on top of each other. What a way to live. I also think it's wrong that many farmers are putting animals in small cages for most of their lives. Then, there is the issue of anti-biotics. We're not exactly glowing in morality here.
But if you want to avoid anything with Arab or Muslim background, kindly stop counting in numbers and use roman numerals.
In case anyone still needs some instructions on how to cook their turkey this year:
Thanks to a dear friend from whom I blatantly stole this. :D
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