by Countable | Updated on 1.10.19
“Well, I’m sorry, in Belgium the law is above religion and that will stay like that.”
“This ban is presented as a revelation by animal rights activists, but the debate on animal welfare in Islam has been going on for 1,500 years. Our way of ritual slaughtering is painless.”
Should the U.S. follow Belgium’s lead and ban religious slaughter? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
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I’m really, really, NOT into bans based upon religious practices, but I was (possibly incorrectly so) under the impression that halal slaughter was more humane than conventional practices. And kosher processing of meat gives the impression of being cleaner than conventional ways. I’m probably not going to ever believe that kosher and halal practices are any worse than currently employed methods. No matter how anyone describes that ‘stunning’ we all know how it works.
Uh, we can’t. Freedom of religion, remember? The FIRST amendment, remember? “Congress shall make NO law”, REMEMBER?!?!
Read the first amendment of the constitution that should answer your question.
Barbaric, inhumane, cruel torture!! No religion can justify ending an innocent animal's life so obscenely!
Let me ask you this. Are human infants rendered insensible to pain before they are brutally killed? Do abortionists use the most humane ways to murder children? (There is no humane way to abort babies). Do they care about the child’s pain? The answer is “No!” I hope I will never understand how people could be more concerned with animals feeling pain than human babies feeling terrible pain.
I believe the Jewish and Islam procedures for killing an animal for food is more humane and cleaner so I have preferred their method over ours. I also believe that most of these animals are raised more humanely. Many citizens of the US don’t understand or appreciate other countries customs. And, actually, in many areas we are the ones who are behind. But, in this case, it doesn’t matter because this practice is protected under the Constitution.
How are the animals taken care of before they die? What is their quality of life? Are they raised humanely? Are they content and happy? Do they get to be outside with the herd and socialize and forage, or are they raised in factories? Whether they receive a bolt (or shock) through their brain or a knife to their throat, both methods are breathtaking in their violence. While humans continue to eat animals and follow religious practices, there will always be a debate and no easy answer to the question of how to kill “humanely.” Until then, can we ALL agree that the animals should be raised humanely? I don’t think it’s asking too much. I’m not a religious person, but I believe that when you eat an animal that has suffered in life you consume their sorrow. Let’s keep sorrow, theirs and ours, to a minimum, please.
The animal should be stunned before the kill. It's more humane.
Those religious standards are higher than the FDA
Another attempt by right wing nationalists (Nazis and Fascists) to carry on their attacks on the non-white world and Jews. Give it up. You lost the war.
I’m a carnivor and who the hell cares! If that’s what their religion demands then fine! It all goes into the same stomach and once it’s seasoned we won’t know the difference! Stunning/electrocuting the critter actually makes the meat tougher as the animal tenses up when shocked! Do it the old fashioned way! Most of you probably never have been in a slaughter house and probably never will do what do you care! As for all you silly ass vegans? What the hell do you care as you don’t eat meat! Hey! Anyone want to come over and have some great Smoked Bacon?
The purpose of the federal government is to serve the people, not animals.
Religious Freedom!! This is the United States of America!
"right-wing nationalists" -- all you need to know
No, as long as religious slaughter is being done using humane restraints as described by Temple Grandin.
You slaughter to eat not because your religion tells you too
Animals are here for our consumption and to meet our physical needs. While I don’t believe in abusing animals I don’t think they are abusing the animals. We have the right in this country to live out our religious beliefs. We are not animals we are created by God. “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” Genesis 9:3 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26
From what I've read the method of stunning animals before slaughtering them is not always effective because of the speed with which we passed the animals through the slaughter Chutes and inadequate training of the workers. Yes I would like to see all food animals killed painlessly. However I would also like to see them living inhumane and clean conditions before they are sent to slaughter. I don't think that our animal producers always maintain sanitary conditions in the raising of animals and I don't think that we always practice Humane methods of slaughtering animals. I know that kosher slaughtering rules provide for a cleaner more sanitary product so I think that we should investigate these methods more thoroughly before we decide on Banning what is essentially religious practice. We should look at making our own methods of food animals more sanitary and humane. We should also look at making our produce handling processes more sanitary.
Agree with religious practice of raising & slaughtering of livestock or not, the benefits cannot be denied. Religious livestock are raised in ways that minimize disease without using antibiotics or other medicine. Sick or dying animals are forbidden to be slaughtered for human consumption. None religious don't have those restrictions on livestock they raise & slaughter. Which livestock would you prefer to eat from if given the choice?
I think freedom of religion covers this.