The proposal was brought about by the Conservative council leader Geoff Driver who said it was “abhorrent” and “really cruel” to slaughter animals without stunning them first. These are the same Conservatives who wanted to repeal the fox-hunting ban. Excuse the pun but it stuns me how quickly the Tories can become the champions for animal rights. A different set of rules seems to apply to rich white people in Barbour jackets who consider ripping foxes to pieces as a sport.
The argument against halal is that animals suffer more pain during a ritual slaughter than being stunned to death. Halal, meaning “permissible”, involves slaughtering animals with one clean cut across the jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe whilst the animal is alive. According to the Food Standards Agency, about 90 per cent of animals are stunned before being killed. So it’s unclear as to whether animals killed for halal meat are always stunned. And if this is the case then why even bother banning Halal meat?