METHOD OF ANIMAL SLAUGHTER/DHABH AND THE MYTH OF PAIN
The RELIGIOUS Prophetic method of animal slaughter(DHABH)
is the direct method which is done without the use of
any type of stunning .
It is the same method which was adopted and practiced
by all the prophets of GOD(peace be upon them).
-Abraham,the father of the prophets
-Moses for the Jews(Kosher)
-Jesus for the Christians(Kosher)
-And finally by the final prophet Muhammad for the Muslims(Halal)
No doubt the act of slaughter is a motive and
frightening view to watch:A knife doing the cut in the
neck,blood coming out,convulsions and contractions...then
The public at large has thought over the years that this
act of cutting is "painful and cruel to the animal"
But this was a mere SUBJECTIVE feeling which was not based
on any OBJECTIVE evidence or fact.
-Till now,there is no single scientific medical evidence
in the whole world which has prooved that the divine method
of animal slaughter does cause pain to the animal and
is cruel when it is done properly and professionally.We
offer a challenge to all to bring us one authentic study?
It is mere illusion and delusion.
-The animal ,after the proper cut,keeps still and does
not move at all,one can see that clearly:a gap between
the cut and the start of the normal physiological convulsions
and contractions !
If the cut does cause pain,so why the animal keeps still
for a while after the cut?
It is only later, these physiological contractions and
convulsions do occur when the brain has been deprived
from blood, and in order to bring blood quickly to the
dying brain(Haemorrhagic shock/instantaneous "ANAESTHESIA").
To the lay public, these contractions and convulsions
are because of "pain" felt by the animal after
the cut,but this is not true and there is no evidence
-In a German research studies on pain,professor Wilhelm
Schulze and his colleague Dr Hazim at the school of Veterinary
Medicine,Hannover university in Germany ,have prooved
through EEG(Electric recording of the brain) comparative
medical studies that the animal does not feel "pain"
when the cut is done properly.
And evidences of "pain" were noticed when stunning
has been used,according to the EEG records.
The study is called:
"ATTEMPTS TO OBJECTIFY PAIN AND CONSCIOUSNESS
IN CONVENTIONAL (Captive bolt pistol stunning
and ritual(halal) methods of slaughtering sheep and calves"
conclusion of the study was:
THE ISLAMIC SLAUGHTERING OF ANIMAL IS THE MOST
HUMANE METHOD OF SLAUGHTER AND THAT THE CAPTIVE BOLT STUNNING
PRACTICED IN THE WEST, causes severe pain to
-We all know that electricity,which is used in stunning,is
used frequently in the torture of people in prisons as
it causes pain
Surely every one of us is scad to touch electricity,because
of the pain and the burn resulting after.
Electricity is used widely in the stunning of sheep and
to the poultry in their electrified water bath!
Unfortunately these innocent animals can not complaint
or speak up!
who give ECT(Electro convulsive therapy) as a treatment
to some psychiatric patients in hospitals as in depression,do
it only after giving general anaesthesia first and before
applying the electricity to the patient,as it is painful!
are today in many official and government reports a lot
of evidences about the pain and suffering affecting the
animals following the use of stunning:Failure of stunning,re-stun,animal
conscious and paralysed,unable to walk,burns,broken bones
Apart from the cruelty and stress caused by the electric
rod, the repeated pushing beating and pinching of the
animals in order to move it towards the slaughter's site???(all
these types of cruely are not allowed in Islam)
-Many States in the US have banned the Captive bolt pistol
for cattle due to the risk of BSE. The EU had a similar
decision on the same method.
Farm Animal Welfare Council(FAWC) in Britain,has concluded
in their scientific studies that :THERE IS NO EVIDENCEOF
PAIN IN RELIGIOUS SLAUGHTER and that IT IS DIFFICULT TO
MEASURE PAIN AND DISTRESS DURING THE SLAUGHTER PROCESS
IN AN OBJECTIVE SCIENTIFIC MANNER....(FAWC: Report on
the Welfare of Farmed Animals at slaughter or killing:Part
1:Red Meat Animals,June 2003/section 194).
-Religious slaughter was considered HUMANE by the US Congress(1958)
medical studies suggest that ENDORPHINS secretions(natural
pain killers in the animal body,as in human too) do occur
with the cut,to avoid also the animal from feeling any
We have to remember also that the threshold to feel pain
in the animal is different from man.
FROM AN ISLAMIC/RELIGIOUS POINT OF VIEW:
-New medical studies from the University of Damascus in
Syria,have prooved that the mentioning of the NAME OF
GOD(ALLAH )/TASMIAH on the conscious living hearing animal
at time of slaughter, do ACT AS A SEDATIVE/TRANQUILLISER
to both: man and animal,and will purify too the meat from
germs and bacteria.(Fascinating)
interesting medical discovery was repeated many times,and
it gave the same result!
This was signed by over 25 Professors and doctors in the
University.(there are DVD about it in both English and
Arabic and a book in Arabic about this discovery)
is prohibited in Islam to inflict or cause any pain to
(Please see separate the Superior rights of the animal
-In Islam,every animal is to be handled individually,by
a human(familiar),without causing any stress and to give
food and water to the animal before and avoiding the animal
the sight of any slaughter or blood or sharpening of the
knife and to keep the animal in a comfortable position.(ALL
THESE ARE BASED INTHE
We do admit,as in every community,that some Muslims do
not pratice the proper animal welfare and care at time
of slaughter or before and it is in our plan to educate
and train all for the best welfare and care to the animal
before and during the act of slaughter.To educate all
about all Hygiene regulations too.
We are fully with all the technologies of today before
and after the slaughter and with the technology for best
appropriate knife to use.
Muslims also will be happy to follow all the regulations
and the laws of the land and EEC,but without been interfered
with their permanent sacred religious act of slaughter,and
without the use of any stunning.
GOD the Creator and all his prophets in Judaism,Christianity
and Islam,can not be all cruel to the billion of slaughtered
animals over the centuries.
GOD is called : the most Compassionate,the most Merciful
and Muhammad,called the mercy to all the creation(man
-Muslims(and Jews) are ordered clearly in their holy Scriptures
to follow their prophets in the act of animal slaughter
All Muslims have been warned by the prophet Muhammad(peace
be upon him) not to change at all the divine sacred act
of animal slaughter.
people in the west do not realise that it is forbidden
in Islam and for Muslims to:
Eat any meat which came from an animal who has died before
the cut,consume any blood inside the meat,cause any type
of pain and cruelty to any animal,change the natural healthy
chemical formula of the meat(not TAYYIB),eat some meat
which is risky to health ,eat any contaminated meat with
any porcine substances...
Unfortunately many of the scientific medical reports on
stunning have shown all these forbidden and undesirable
outcomes but in different percentages ,when stunning have
been used in one way or another.
Even if one doubtful about the presence of any of these
outcomes,in Islam we are requested to avoid it all.
Muslims and Jews and others should have the RELIGIOUS
and the HUMAN RIGHTS to practice their religions especially
in issues of food meat and diet, especially when it is
for their own consumption .
SOME WEBSITES AGAINST STUNNING:
Dr A.Majid Katme(MBBCh,DPM)
Muslim Spokesman on Halal meat and Food(Islamic Medical
Tel no: 0044 7944 240 622
E-mail address: email@example.com