Australia’s first Muslim senator calls for an end to ‘traditional’ halal slaughter where livestock are conscious when killed
According to Mail online news Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi, who immigrated to Australia from Pakistan in 1992, has spoken out against livestock having their throats cut while they are still conscious, as part of Muslim and Jewish custom.
The minor party’s animal welfare spokeswoman slammed traditional abattoir slaughter methods, involving livestock being bled to death – a day after the RSPCA and PETA called for certain halal and kosher practices to be banned in Australia.
She didn’t, however, oppose all halal slaughter – only a method where the animal is still conscious when it is killed.
Senator Faruqi supports mandatory standards for slaughter to ensure all animals are rendered insensible and unable to feel pain prior to being killed,’ her spokesman and chief-of-staff Matt Hilton said in a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.
In Australia, religious exemptions are granted allowing sheep and cattle to have their throats slit without being stunned first.
Australia’s leading animal welfare groups have stepped up their calls for these killing methods to be banned, after the Flanders region in northern Belgium this week outlawed slaughter methods involving livestock being conscious.
Senator Faruqi, however, said she would abstain from meat regardless of how it was killed.
For the record, she is vegetarian,’ her spokesman said.
Most halal and kosher meat sold in Australia has been killed via the stun-gun method.