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Australia’s First Muslim Senator Wants to Ban Traditional Halal Slaughter

Mehreen Faruqi
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Australia’s very first Muslim senator Mehreen Faruqi calls for an end to traditional halal slaughter in which the animals are still conscious when killed.

Faruqi, an Australian Greens senator who immigrated from Pakistan to Australia in 1992, spoke against traditional halal slaughter that requires animals to stay conscious while their throats are slit.

Her statement follows the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaigns against certain halal and kosher practices in Australia.

“Slaughtering an animal while fully conscious requires additional handling and restraint and means that the animal will experience pain associated with the throat cut and subsequent bleeding out,” said RSPCA.

“For these reasons, the RSPCA is strongly opposed to all forms of slaughter that do not involve prior stunning of the animal and has asked governments — state and federal — to remove arrangements that allow unstunned slaughter.”

PETA also added: “They [animals] are absolutely and understandably terrified when chains are shackled to their legs and they are hoisted into the air upside down.”

However, Faruqi is not against all halal slaughtering practices as she still supports the stun gun method, in which animals are killed by using a stun gun for quick death.

“Senator Faruqi supports mandatory standards for slaughter to ensure all animals are rendered insensible and unable to feel pain prior to being killed,” Matt Hilton, the senator’s spokesman and chief of staff, told Daily Mail UK.

Whether Australia changes their animal welfare laws or not, Faruqi ensures that she would still not consume meat because she’s vegetarian.

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Roxanne Libatique

Written by Roxanne Libatique

Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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