The president-elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) called for a ban on slaughtering cattle without first stunning the animals—a move which will in effect outlaw both Muslim halal and Jewish shechita ritual slaughter.
John Blackwell called for prohibiting kosher and halal slaughter because it causes pain to the animal.
“They will feel the massive injury of the tissues of the neck,” Blackwell said in the interview. “They will perceive the aspiration of blood. They will breathe in before they lose consciousness.”
According to the BVA, slaughter without pre-stunning unnecessarily compromises animal welfare and the UK should follow the examples already set by Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Sweden and Poland, where these cruel Middle Eastern ritual slaughter methods are already outlawed. In addition, a ban on halal and shechita is currently under judicial review in New Zealand.
According to Blackwell, the UK “may well” have to follow Denmark’s example if Jews and Muslims in Britain refuse to allow animals to be stunned before they are killed.
Blackwell’s claim that the animals suffer was instantly denied by a number of leaders of the Jewish community in Britain.
Shimon Cohen, the campaign director of Shechita UK, which aims to preserve kosher slaughter, dismissed Blackwell’s claims as “dereliction of duty. Of the countless pressing animal welfare issues that we are faced with today, he has chosen to focus on an issue which is not supported by scientific consensus and which affects a tiny minority of animals,” Cohen said in a statement.
“Animal welfare is at the heart of everything that we do. It is scandalous that, once again, in the context of such pervasive cruelty in so many abattoirs, that the BVA continue to single out faith communities for criticism.”
Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, went even further. Saying that Blackwell has “made the extraordinarily misleading statement that what Jews do and Muslims do is to slit animals’ throats and allow them to bleed to death.
“That is unbelievably misleading because he must know that the way the animal is killed is to cut its throat so as to bring about an immediate and irreversible loss of sensation and death.”
Suggestions that the animal had its throat cut “and you just watch it while it bleeds to death”, said Arkush, were pejorative, misleading and “could not be further from the truth”.
The reality is completely different from these Jewish claims. Below is a video taken of a kosher slaughter house in Postville, Iowa, which was shot in secret by an anti-ritual slaughter activist group.
The video clip, which is not for squeamish viewers, exposes the full brutality of this disgusting ritual slaughter method, and the incredible pain that it inflicts upon the animals concerned.
How the Jewish leaders can lie so blatantly about the true nature of shechita is as baffling as why any decent, humane society allows such slaughter methods in the first place.