Investigating Halal Meat
Facts about the source of some "halal" meat.
The recent discovery
of mad cow disease in United States cattle has prompted many Muslims
to question the halal status of their meat. According to a recent report,
halal meat is still susceptible to mad cow disease.
All the meat produced and exported from India is advertised and sold
as "halal." However, when representatives from the Indian affiliate of People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA), along with a documentary crew, observed
the loading and unloading, transport, and slaughter of cows and buffaloes
used for meat in India, they found that most meat produced under current
standards is not halal, but is instead "haram," and therefore should
be avoided by all conscientious Muslims.
Report on the Transport and Slaughter Conditions of Indian Cattle Used For Meat Export
The enormous suffering of Indian cattle during transport and slaughter can be greatly reduced with little effort. It is hoped that, once informed, consumers will demand that exporters, transporters, and slaughterhouses ensure that the animals involved receive proper care throughout all phases of meat production. The steps to implement vital changes are simple and inexpensive. PETA India is calling on government officials in India and in the importing countries, as well as those in the slaughterhouse and transportation industries, to see that these steps are immediately taken and that oversight provisions be instituted to ensure strict adherence to them.