The Greens and animal welfare
HELP US STOP NON-STUN SLAUGHTER IN BRITAIN
The first political issue that ever caught my attention was animal welfare.
As a child in the ‘80s, during the height of the testing-cosmetics-on-animals scandals, I was horrified at how so many human beings could so callously disregard the intense suffering of animals. I am still horrified today.
Testing cosmetics on animals was completely unnecessary, it caused suffering that was entirely preventable; just like the suffering unstunned slaughter causes today.
In the UK, we have a culture and history of compassion and respect for animals.
For Britain intends to revive this, and insist upon it. Recent reports show that a shocking 94 million animals were slaughtered without stunning in the UK in 2018. This cannot continue.
The reason animals can be slaughtered without stunning is an absurd religious exemption provided by ineffective lawmakers. There is simply no point in prohibiting unstunned slaughter if an exemption is given to the very people who want to carry on slaughtering without stunning. This is political trickery by slippery politicians who want the public to believe they are taking action on animal cruelty, all the while encouraging it with ridiculous exemptions. For Britain is different.
We care about animals. We will revoke this religious exemption and ban all unstunned slaughter.
No ifs. No buts. No exceptions.
Some will frame this as the oppression of religious minorities, so let me be clear, animal welfare is more important than religion.
The welfare of animals trumps religious belief.
It is that simple. Religions will simply have to adapt as they have done before. I would argue that if your religion cannot find the ability to show compassion to innocent and sentient creatures, then your religion is the problem.
The halal market is particularly toxic in the UK. Halal meat, unlike kosher, is being imposed on all of us – it is served in schools, hospitals, sporting venues, and other public places. An attempt to debate this by elected councillors recently was shut down by a Muslim council leader.
Those who do argue to bring this horror to an end will often be accused of “hate” or “Islamophobia”. When MP Philip Davies asked Parliament simply to label unstunned meat and allow consumers to make informed choices, he was accused of “picking on religious communities”.
For Britain will not fall for this bullying by Muslims or anyone else. We are resolute. We are not jumping on the bandwagon as other parties have done. We mean it.
With your support, we will end religious slaughter in Britain.
No ifs. No buts. No exceptions.
Help us speak out for the innocent and the voiceless.
Join us now.
For Britain Party Founder & Leader
Do you know if your children are being served non-stun slaughtered meat at their school? Do you know how the meat on the shelves in your local supermarket is slaughtered, or what your favourite restaurant is serving you? If in doubt, ask.
Whilst non-stun slaughtered meat is legally meant only for Muslims and Jews, the lack of a legal requirement to label halal and kosher meat means that in spite of what your retailers and suppliers might be telling you, you may be buying and eating unstunned meats without knowing.
• Non-stun slaughter is banned in: Austria, Belgium (Flanders region), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein (except poultry), Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland (except poultry)
• Halal and Kosher meat comes from animals that have been cruelly and ritually slaughtered without stunning in order to satisfy centuries-old requirements in Islam and Judaism
• Typically, the method involves the recital of prayers as the throat is cut with a knife. The panicked animal convulses and this agonising death can take from one to five minutes. Incredibly, some advocates of non-stun slaughter claim that this is still the most humane method. This may have been the case centuries ago however modern technology now means this is not longer the case
• Certified status of food as halal or kosher is obtained by food manufacturers by paying a fee to religious groups. This cost is often passed on to the consumer and some of the income received by certification organisations is strongly suspected to have funded Islamic terror groups
• Halal meat is not required by law to be labelled as such. Non-stun meats are routinely provided for public consumption in schools, hospitals, supermarkets, restaurants, sports venues, government and public buildings and other outlets
• Non-stun slaughter methods are often cheaper than more humane methods. Businesses take advantage of this by sourcing their meats and simply don’t tell their customers that this is what they have been sold
• The RSPCA, Compassion in World Farming, The British Veterinary Association, The National Secular Society, and Humanists UK, all support an end to non-stun slaughter to improve animal welfare at the time of death.
Do you agree that non-stun slaughter should be banned and that animal welfare regulations should apply to all British citizens equally?
If so please download and distribue these resources and talk to others about our campaign. Remember, if you eat meat and live in Britain it’s highly likely that you’ve consumed non-stunned meat without realising it.
Right click and ‘save as’ to download the PDF resources below, or contact your local For Britain branch to actively help us spread the word.
Double-sided A5 Campaign Leaflet:
Double-sided Campaign Promo Card:
5ft x 2.5ft Campaign Banner:
Freedom of Information request
Letter to MP
Letter to School
Letter to MP Hospitals
Freedom of Information Request to Hospitals
Letter to Supermarket or Shop
Our Volunteers in Action!
16/04/2019 – Halal meat: What does it involve and is it cruel to animals?
26/02/2019 – ECJ: non-stun slaughter breaches ‘highest welfare standards’
Unknown/2019 – Muslim Halal Food Sales Supporting Terrorism?
09/02/2019 – Oxford college which cut octopus from menu now votes to ban Halal and Kosher meat
08/02/2019 – Leading animal welfare charities call for an end to ritual slaughter
24/01/2019 – Holy row as councils supplying schools with halal meat accused of “normalising cruelty to animals”
19/01/2019 – Halal Foods and Creeping Sharia
17/01/2019 – Halal meat row is being used to stir up racial hatred says council leader
08/01/2019 – Belgium’s non-stun slaughter decision shows that a ban is possible in law
05/01/2019 – Belgium Bans Religious Slaughtering Practices, Drawing Praise and Protest
18/11/2018 – Halal Certified Product Supplier List November 2018
16/11/2018 – At least 17 councils across the UK are supplying non-stunned halal meat to dozens of schools
18/10/2018 – At least 18 councils giving schools non-stunned meat, NSS reveals
30/08/2018 – Parents make children wear ‘halal only’ signs after school serves wrong food
15/08/2018 – Animal sanctuary shocked at ‘lenient’ fines for abuse at Halal abattoir
13/07/2018 – Lancashire bans non-stunned halal meat from council-supplied school meals
18/04/2018 – Stun-free halal certification scheme launched
10/03/2018 – Number of animals slaughtered without stunning has dramatically increased
27/02/2018 – What if I don’t Want Halal?
22/02/2018 – Majority of non-stun halal slaughterhouses have failed hygiene inspections
08/02/2018 – UK Food Labels to Show if Animals Were Not Stunned at Slaughter for Religious Reasons After Brexit
04/01/2018 – Unstunned meat widespread in UK supermarkets, NSS research reveals
01/01/2018 – List of UK Slaughter Houses
26/11/2017 – Where does halal meat come from?
27/10/2017 – Council faces Muslim boycott of school meals after banning ‘abhorrent’ halal beef and lamb from unstunned animals
26/10/2017 – Lancashire councillors vote to take un-stunned meat off school menus
10/10/2017 – Food Standards Agency reveals large increase in animals slaughtered without pre-stunning
29/09/2017 – RSPCA – Stun before slaughter – Wales
26/09/2017 – Parents outraged after New Addington primary school proposes only serving halal meat
22/09/2017 – RSPCA: What are we doing about non-stun slaughter?
18/09/2017 – Muslims Threaten Boycott as Council Votes on Banning Halal Meat in School
12/09/2017 – Increase in halal slaughter a ‘major welfare issue’ say vets
11/08/2017 – Gov Plans CCTV in All Abattoirs After Halal Slaughter Cruelty Scandal
03/08/2017 – Turkish Halal Butchers Guilty of ‘Bloodbath’ Animal Cruelty
01/07/2017 – Europe: “Big Business” Colludes with Islamism
10/05/2017 – Belgium’s Largest Region Votes to Ban Halal Slaughter
08/04/2017 – Inside one of Britain’s largest halal slaughter houses where ‘poorly trained’ slaughtermen hack open terrified sheep’s throats
08/04/2017 – One of Britain’s largest halal slaughterhouses is under investigation over allegations of animal cruelty
Unknown/2017 – Islam and British schools: What’s going on?
27/01/2017 – New book claims halal is ‘invented tradition’, not a pillar of Islam
Unknown/2016 – Halal meat by slaughterhouse code
24/10/2016 – Animals die in agony for halal meat because of ignorance by Muslim scholars, study finds
19/10/2016 – The throats of Aussie sheep on the street during barbaric Islamic ‘Festival of Sacrifice’
05/10/2016 – Non-Stun Halal Slaughterhouse, Norfolk, 2016
10/09/2016 – Muslims urged not to slaughter animals in the streets of France at Eid
08/08/2016 – If we can’t ban halal meat, we should at least let people know when they’re buying it
05/08/2016 – Council bosses order halal supermarket to sell pork and alcohol or face being shut down
06/05/2016 – Halal horror house as undercover video exposes cruel abattoir filled with terrified animals
17/03/2016 – WASHINGTON STATE SCHOOL DISTRICT Bans All Pork Products From School Menu After Muslims Threaten Lawsuit If They Don’t
28/12/2015 – Boycott British companies which support Religious animal slaughter – Facebook group
15/10/2015 – Halal and kosher slaughter
20/12/2014 – Halal products may be funding Islamic extremism
29/05/2014 – Cadbury cops a jihad
10/05/2014 – Poll reveals most Brits want halal slaughter of conscious animals to be banned
08/05/2014 – Find out which supermarkets and restaurants sell halal meat
14/03/2014 – Andrew Rosindell MP: Traditional religious slaughter methods are unfair, unnecessary and, frankly, un-British
18/02/2014 – Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’
28/11/2012 – East Lancashire Muslim pupils are told: Don’t eat school meat
04/11/2012 – Halal funds terrorists: Zakat
31/12/2011 – The Palace of Westminster has rejected demands to serve halal meat in its restaurants.
Unknown/2011 – Muslim Halal Food Sales Supporting Terrorism?
13/10/2010 – This is Halal: Animal Cruelty Exposed
25/09/2010 – Top supermarkets secretly sell halal: Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, and M&S don’t tell us meat is ritually slaughtered
21/06/2009 – End ‘cruel’ religious slaughter, say scientists
17/12/2006 – Parents angered as every pupil is given halal school meals