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Monday, 18 October 2010

Supermarket Waitrose’s Response to BNP’s Halal Campaign: Claims of “Humane Slaughtering” Exposed

Waitrose’s Response to BNP’s Halal Campaign: Claims of “Humane Slaughtering” Exposed

The John Lewis Partnership-owned supermarket Waitrose has been the first to respond to the BNP’s campaign against the secret imposition of halal-slaughtered meat in Britain — in which they admit the majority of their meat is halal but with an easily disprovable claim that it is “slaughtered humanely.”
The BNP campaign, which can be found by clicking here, urges readers to view the sensational Derek Adams-produced halal video and then complain to supermarkets directly over their decision to secretly impose halal-compliant meat in their stores.
An email received today by the BNP from Christine Watts, Communications Director at Waitrose, said that the claim that the company was “selling unstunned lamb is absolutely untrue.
“Our approach and priority for all of our meat is to ensure animal welfare of the highest standard, approved by the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA). Our practices are also in line with the recommendations of Compassion in World Farming and the RSPCA,” said the Waitrose statement.
“All our meat is electrically stunned before slaughter meaning that animals are unconscious and are not subjected to pain. UK law currently permits halal slaughter both with stunning and without.”
This might sound reasonable to an uninformed public, but the reality is very different.
Firstly, the official UK Halal Food Authority (HFA), headquartered in Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, states very explicitly that meat is not halal if the animal is not killed through a process of “[A]ll the flowing blood should be drained out from the carcass by natural convulsion” — in other words, that the animal must be alive in order for the blood to drain.
The HFA goes on to say that “stunning is not to be used to kill the animal.” This raises the interesting question: Does Islam allow stunning at all, as Waitrose claims, and if so, can this be done in such a way that the animal suffers no pain?
According to the HFA’s ‘Frequently Asked Questions” section on its website, the question of stunning is addressed as follows:
“Q 3. Does Halal Food Authority allow stunning of birds and animals?
A. Yes, however, one has to be reminded that HFA has always maintained ‘no stunning to kill.’
1. Captive Bolt Stunning – proscribed – prohibited
2. Percussion Stunning - proscribed – prohibited
3. Gas Stunning – proscribed – prohibited
4. Halal Food Authority allows controlled electric stun-with-minuscule amperage, with official Veterinary Surgeon validating that the animal or the birds do not die prior to slaughtering.
There are two types of electric stunning that Halal Food Authority approves:
1. Waterbath Stun – for Poultry
2. Electric Tong Stun – for Ovine meat.”
And therein lies the rub: for ovine halal meat, only an “electric tong stun” with “minuscule amperage” is allowed.
Furthermore, a veterinary surgeon must validate that the animal “does not die prior to slaughtering.”
According to Abraham Natural Produce, a major halal abbatoir based in Somerset, the stun which is used “knocks the animal out for around 15-20 seconds. After 20 seconds it is potentially back to normal and during that 20 seconds it is alive and breathing. This means that when the animal is cut it still bleeds the animal properly.”
Halal slaughter takes at least 4 minutes, and hence all that a “low voltage stun” does is to knock out the animal so that its throat can be cut with the least resistance.
After 20 seconds, the animal is fully conscious once again and suffers tremendous pain for the remaining three and a half minutes of its life as it is ritually slaughtered.
As if this was not enough, the “electric tong stun” method which is the only method approved by the HFA, is viciously cruel, as animal rights activist organisation Animal Aid proved with an undercover video taken of that method of stunning taken at Essex-based slaughterhouse A & G Barber in April this year. A & G Barber was forced to close down after the video was released, which showed exactly how the “electric tong stun” method is used.
Furthermore, even if there were a way to humanely slaughter using an electric stun prong, that is only part of the point. The real issue is that the introduction of halal meat in Britain is a potent symbol of the extent of the Islamic colonisation of our country which has occurred through mass immigration.
The issue of halal slaughter would not be an issue at all if the treasonous Westminster parties had not encouraged and promoted mass Third Word immigration in the first place. Only the BNP is dedicated to halting the immigration invasion, and, by implication, the Islamic colonisation of Britain.