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Opinion: World Halal Council Announces Gas Stunning Not Acceptable

| 13/09/2013 | 1 Reply

WHC, World Halal Council, an umbrella body of Halal Certifiers worldwide, held its 11th Annual General Meeting at Ramada Plaza Otel in Istanbul on 8 September 2013.

WHC adopted the draft charter of WHC and Halal Standards during this meeting.yourfile.1

WHC members unanimously decided that gas stunning of poultry before slaughtering is unacceptable as it is a non islamic and cruel way of killing animals.

Some non-Muslim European countries recently imposed laws that permit or force using gas stunning. However, gas stunning is not acceptable by any means and WHC members have never accepted such methods of killing.

Islam forbids eating carrion (dead animals) and the result (or the aim) of gas stunning is only to kill the animal.

WHC will not allow any organization to membership, which accepts gas stunning and any Halal certifier, which allows such non islamic ways will be publicly announced and condemned.

WHC is decided to serve and protect the rights of Muslims and other unislamic practices by any group, country or organization will also be condemned by WHC.


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Category: Asia, Europe, Halal Integrity, Meat & Poultry, Opinion, Turkey

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  1. A. Latif Mirza says:

    It is strange that WHC has outrightly rejected gas stunning declaring it non Islamic and cuel. With all due respect it looks that respected members of WHC have missed few points. There are two gas stunning system in the industry. One is controlled atmosphere killing system (CAK) which kills the bird without any possibility of recovery. Other system is known as controlled atmosphere stunning system (CAS)where birds becomes unconscious. It does not kill the bird and if bird is not slaughtered within a fixed period of time, birds comes back to its normal condition. This system is not different than electric stunning but more humane and safe.
    There are always new developments and it is easy to just reject (as a group of scholars rejects all sort of stunning) but we have another approach to go into details and suggest pratical measures to improve it and to make it according to requirements of Shariah.

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