Animals and Islam in the News
Animal Sacrifice or Blood Orgy?
Once again, Muslims around the world "sacrificed" millions of animals during a three-day period in the month of Eid al-Adha in a ritual intended to please God.
For Muslim vegetarians, Eid sacrifice is no celebration.
The Jerusalem Post
Eid Al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, now being celebrated across the Muslim world, is a joyous time of year for believers worldwide. However, for Muslim vegetarians the holiday spirit bears sombre overtones.
Is There Such a Thing as 'Halal' Foie Gras?
As a Muslim who grew up in the Indo-Pak subcontinent, I was appalled when I read that some retailers in France have started marketing so-called "halal foie gras" to the area's growing Muslim community.
Dogs: Face to Face With My Worst Enemy
Many Muslims growing up in devout households are taught that dogs are dirty and scary. So could Sarfraz Manzoor learn to love Cookie the bulldog?
Vegetarianism is not contrary to Arab culture.
When Jordanian activist Amina Tariq took to the streets of Amman clad only in lettuce leaves, she captured the attention of the media in the Middle East. With a sign in Arabic that read, "Let Vegetarianism Grow on You", she was trying to spark an interest in diets that do not include animal products.
World animal day exists to celebrate animal life and humankind's special relationship with the animal.
International Vegetarian Union
Animal Save Movement Pakistan celebrated International Animal Day on 4 October 2008, with a fruitful gathering at which many school children, social workers, teachers, lawyers and political workers participated.
Halal-standard slaughtering doesn't need animals awake
NewScientist Print Edition
"He has only forbidden you dead meat and blood, and the flesh of swine and that on which any other name has been invoked besides that of God." (The Koran, 2:173)
Muslim religious law requires, among other things, that an animal must be drained of blood before it is halal - permissible for consumption. Ritual slaughter according to Jewish dietary law - shechita - has the same prescription. Most Muslim slaughterers believe that drainage will only be complete if the throat of the animal is slit without stunning it first, but now Haluk Anil of the University of Bristol, UK, and colleagues have shown that the amount of blood drained from the animal, and the rate of blood loss, is the same regardless of whether or not it is stunned first.
Anil's team have already shown that stunning does not affect "bleed-out" in sheep. Now they have done the same thing in cattle. They measured the bleed-out in 13 cattle killed by the tradition Muslim method, and 13 killed in the same way, but having first been stunned by a captive-bolt-pistol blow to the head (Animal Welfare, vol 15, p 325).
"Stunning does not impede blood loss, therefore this objection cannot be used any more," says Anil, who is coordinating a European Union project to examine legislation and welfare issues related to religious slaughter, both shechita and halal.
From Issue 2580 of New Scientist magazine, 02 December 2006, p. 16
First Case of Human Mad Cow Disease (VCJD) Found in Saudi Arabia
Saudi doctors have just confirmed that a person in Saudi Arabia has vCJD (the human form of BSE or mad cow disease).
They also suggested that this person got the disease in the UK (when he was in the UK on a visit).
Saudis stressed that no cattle has ever tested positive for mad cow disease. They said their cattle are subject to specialist testing.
A Saudi newspaper said this man went to the UK, but avoided meat. However, they suggest he was tricked into eating beef rather than lamb.
About three months ago the man began to notice he was feeling weak. He then started to lose his memory and later could not talk properly.
Mad cow disease (spongiform encephalopathy) can be spread through the consumption of contaminated meat.
Halal and Mad Cow Disease
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.
Pork in Your Milk?Are you eating halal meat? Did you know that your sheep have probably eaten chicken in their feed? Or that your dairy cows have probably had pork bones in their feed? A new article shows that this problem extends beyond meat in Americaeven animals in the Islamic world are fed these products.
Another result of the massive flight of Afghan refugees has been increased suffering on their transport animals. Employed to carry Afghans fleeing for their lives, these animals have incurred wounds and illnesses in the service of their handlers. Brooke Hospital for Animals has long been operating in Pakistan and is now directly involved in providing care for these animals.
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