samedi, 21 octobre 2017
 

ASIDCOM calls the intergovernmental body of the OIE on the status of religious slaughter

The right to practice the religious slaughter of animals by the Muslim and Jewish communities is being threatened in some countries. The principal arguments of governments that have banned religious slaughter have been that the animal welfare standards are lower and that the non-Muslim and non-Jewish consumers have the right to know that their meat was prepared by religious slaughter, but apparently they do not have the right to know which of a number of other forms of slaughter were used.

In fact, those opposed to religious slaughter have argued that religious slaughter isn’t humane and consumers would not accept eating such meat despite the fact that many consumers outside of the two religious communities seek out such meat.

The OIE organization and its work for animal welfare

The humaneness of religious slaughter is recognized by the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health). The OIE is the intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide. It is recognized as a reference organization for animal health by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in 2011 OIE had a total of 178 Member Countries. It is recognized globally as the leader in setting international animal welfare standards.

The OIE’s achievements in animal welfare and Development of the standards :

Animal welfare was first identified as a priority in the OIE Strategic Plan 2001-2005. OIE Member Countries mandated that the organization take the lead internationally on animal welfare and, as the international reference organization for animal health, to elaborate recommendations and guidelines covering animal welfare practices, reaffirming that animal health is a key component of animal welfare. The OIE Animal Welfare Working Group was inaugurated at the 70th General Session of the OIE in May 2002 and the first recommendations of the Working Group were adopted one year later. The OIE Guiding Principles on Animal Welfare were included in the Terrestrial Code in 2004.

ASIDCOM with Professor Regenstein and Dr. Shuja, calls OIE religious slaughter (Jewish and Muslim)

On April 30, 2013, ASIDCOM send an inquiry to the OIE director for clarification of the OIE’s position on the religious slaughter of animals. The letter was sent to Dr Bernard Vallat, cosigned by Professor Regenstein (Professor of Food Science and head of the Cornell University (USA) Kosher and Halal Food Initiative) and Dr Shafi (Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain) and hanen Rezgui on behalf of ASIDCOM, the“Association of Muslim Consumers’ Awareness, Information and Defense.” A copy of the letter could be download follow.

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ASIDCOM letter to OIE

Dr Vallat did kindly

“confirm that the analysis of bleeding out by severance of blood vessels without stunning has been continuously included in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code since the chapter on slaughter of animals was adopted for the first time in 2005, and still exists in the summary table in Article 7.5.9. (Summary analysis of slaughter methods and the associated animal welfare issues)”

in a letter sent to ASIDCOM dated May 6, 2013.

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OIE letter to ASIDCOM

So on May 19, 2013, we sent the following question to Dr Hassan Aidaros, Professor of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine and the Member of the OIE Animal Welfare Working Group,

“Can you please confirm that the OIE organization recognizes that religious slaughter is a humane method to slaughter animals ?"

And his answer was :

“I confirm that the Correct Halal Slaughter is accepted according to the OIE Animal welfare standards. You can go back to my presentations in Kuala [Lumpur] and Kuwait conferences.”

In the PowerPoint slides for his presentation at the Kuwait conference, Dr Aidaros said :

“It is clear that the Islamic rules on the process of slaughter were intended to provide a safe food and a quick, humane, and relatively painless death for the animal.”

And he noted that :

“Animal welfare breaches are present everywhere regardless to the religion.”

All of the European countries are member of the OIE organization. The European Community has approved the OIE animal welfare standards. Dr Vallat, the General Director of OIE, said :

“Sometimes the media present shocking reports on events linked to animal transport and handling at abattoirs and question whether the OIE animal welfare standards are compatible with the requirements of Islamic Law. This paper [1] concludes that the OIE standards are compatible with the requirements of Islamic Law, which call for the protection of animals against cruel practices and make specific provisions for humane slaughter.” (2011)

References :

-  www.oie.int

-  Letter of ASIDCOM, MCB and Prof Regenstein to OIE on April 30, 2013
-  Letter of the OIE to ASIDCOM on May 6, 2013.
-  Presentation “OIE Structure, Objectives and Strategic Plan”, Prof. Hassan Aidaros (OIE Animal Welfare Working Group), World Halal Forum 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
-  Presentation “Islam and Animal Welfare : Reality of Animal, Treatment During Transportation and Slaughtering Compared to the Islamic Sharia”, Prof. Hassan Aidaros The Second Gulf Conference on Halal Industry and its Services, 22-24 January, 2013, Farwaniyah, Crown Plaza Hotel, State of Kuwait.


[1] “Compatibility between the OIE standards and the requirements of Islamic Law with special reference to the prevention of cruelty to animals during transport and slaughter” (a discussion OIE paper on religious slaughter issue)

 
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