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EU: Polish attorney general wants probe into halal, kosher slaughter

| 22/06/2012 | Reply
EU: Polish attorney general wants probe into halal, kosher slaughter

Polish Attorney General Andrzej Seremet has asked the Constitutional Tribunal to review whether halal and kosher ritual slaughter violates the country’s animal treatment laws.

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UK: Food eco labels more popular with shoppers and manufacturers

| 20/06/2012 | Reply
UK: Food eco labels more popular with shoppers and manufacturers

They used to be a hard sell for a niche agenda, but eco labels exploded on to the mainstream and now consolidation is on its way. The largest is Fairtrade, but the Ecolabel Index tracks 431 eco labels worldwide.

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Dutch upper house rejects ban on ritual slaughter

| 19/06/2012 | Reply
Dutch upper house rejects ban on ritual slaughter

European Union regulations require animals to be stunned before slaughter but allow exceptions for ritual slaughter, which the European Court of Human Rights has ruled is a religious right.

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UK: Bangers ban in hundreds of schools

| 17/06/2012 | 1 Reply
UK: Bangers ban in hundreds of schools

Head teachers are deciding for “cultural” and “religious” reasons to drop traditional sausages and ham from children’s lunches. Muslim and Jewish leaders said they had never asked for schools to ban pork.

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UK: Hoodforts youth project enjoys BFI success

| 08/06/2012 | Reply
UK: Hoodforts youth project enjoys BFI success

The film is aimed at challenging judgements and common misconceptions about people. It took five months to make, and with most of the work undertaken by ten 14-16 year olds, along with volunteer film-makers and photographers with connections to Mile End.

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UK: Islamic scholars say ’NO to machine slaughtered animals’

| 07/06/2012 | 3 Replies
UK: Islamic scholars say ’NO to machine slaughtered animals’

Machine slaughter of animals for halal consumption has been unanimously rejected by 40 of the country’s top Islamic scholars a UK conference has heard. With over 3.5 million poultry being slaughtered halal by machines, this method could now be stopped.

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UK: The great Asian gold theft crisis

| 06/06/2012 | Reply
UK: The great Asian gold theft crisis

Last year, several police forces in areas where there is a large Asian community, such as Leicester and Slough, ran awareness campaigns after a spate of opportunistic robberies. With other investments looking distinctly shaky in the economic crisis, last year gold prices reached record levels.

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Opinion: Alcohol and the Modern-Day Muslim

| 06/06/2012 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Alcohol and the Modern-Day Muslim

Some in Muslim societies view drinking alcohol as a terrible sin and a symbol of evil. Others feel it is merely a fun indulgence. Others worry incessantly that they might inadvertently sin while using alcohol-based handrub or mouthwash.

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EU: Dutch groups agree on ritual animal slaughter reforms

| 05/06/2012 | 3 Replies
EU: Dutch groups agree on ritual animal slaughter reforms

Dutch Agriculture Deputy Minister Henk Bleker signed an agreement with Dutch Muslim and Jewish religious leaders yesterday to make ritual slaughter more humane, including stunning animals after 40 seconds. The agreement comes into force today.

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UK Halal Commission Launched

| 05/06/2012 | Reply
UK Halal Commission Launched

The UK Halal Commission will invite representatives from all segments of the British Muslim community to put forward representations to the body. MCB’s deputy secretary general Dr. Shuja Shafi, will act as interim chairman to help put in place a proper governance structure.

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UK: Muslims of all major branches of Islam sign “Birmingham Declaration”

| 03/06/2012 | Reply
UK:  Muslims of all major branches of Islam sign “Birmingham Declaration”

A proposal was made to set up a UK Halal Commission at a meeting set up by the Association of Non Stun Abbatoirs and led partly the the Muslim Council of Britain. The ‘Birmingham Declaration’, stating the need for this central body, was signed at the event.

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UK: Unanimous decision to support defense of unstunned slaughter

| 03/06/2012 | Reply
UK:  Unanimous decision to support defense of unstunned slaughter

An event organised the Halal Monitoring Committee confirmed the unanimous decision to continue to support the defence of unstunned Halal in the UK. It also included discussion on the campaign against mechanical slaughter.

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Turkey: Istanbul to host World Halal Council

| 01/06/2012 | Reply
Turkey: Istanbul to host World Halal Council

The World Halal Council (WHC) is getting ready to move its headquarters to Istanbul on the heels of a meeting organized in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, in April. The details will be confirmed at the congress in Istanbul in October.

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UK: ANSA congratulates participants of ground-breaking Ulama meeting

| 31/05/2012 | 1 Reply
UK: ANSA congratulates participants of ground-breaking Ulama meeting

Top Scholars, politicians and motivated Religious leaders from across the UK will gather in Birmingham this Saturday to kickstart plans to defend the prophetic method of Zabihah.

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Opinion: Do Islamic Business Ethics Exist?

| 31/05/2012 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Do Islamic Business Ethics Exist?

An interview with Tariq El-Diwany explaining how Muslims can conduct business ethically in today’s world. Also, what should we be trying to achieve when doing business? To make as much money as possible? To create something that benefits society? Or to worship Allah?

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UK: Halal judgment day

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
UK: Halal judgment day

Over 40 Mufti’s and Imam’s, from the country’s most respected Islamic scholars will pass a vote on whether machine slaughter of animals for halal consumption is strictly permitted under Islamic law or not, at a conference being held in the UK on the 3rd June.

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UK: MPs want curbs on ‘unacceptable’ religious slaughter

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
UK: MPs want curbs on ‘unacceptable’ religious slaughter

The government is facing renewed calls to curb the slaughtering of animals that have not first been rendered unconscious – a debate that pits religious sensitivities against the convictions of animal welfare campaigners. “New measures” might be needed to enforce the law properly, she said.

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A Fresh Look At Muslims And Secularism In The UK

| 26/05/2012 | Reply
A Fresh Look At Muslims And Secularism In The UK

It is worth emphasising that many Muslims actually see no contradiction between religious values and the framework of secular procedures and institutions in the UK. Procedural secularism provides many benefits for British Muslims, including religious freedom.

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London 2012: why feeding 24,000 athletes and team officials is an Olympian feat

| 25/05/2012 | 1 Reply
London 2012: why feeding 24,000 athletes and team officials is an Olympian feat

Providing familiar food, meeting halal standards and not poisoning the competitors are among the challenges for the caterers. Saudi Arabia is one of more than 50 Muslim countries sending competitors who are likely to be negotiating the Ramadan fast.

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9 food processing companies receive “Halal Certification” with USAID support

| 25/05/2012 | Reply
9 food processing companies receive “Halal Certification” with USAID support

Training Serbian companies to qualify for certification was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Economic Security Project. The companies shared the costs involved in meeting standards and getting certified with USAID.

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