1. Government should provide a forum for a dialogue between different stakeholders, including non-stun FBOs catering for the Halal industry;
Experts in the British non-Stun industry show some juxtaposition of views in that the Government and DEFRA are reminded that “stockmanship” is as equally vital to welfare as systems and that any change to systems especially regulatory has a financial impact. It is important that the DEFRA is not “disconnected” from this. The rest of the food chain and market must help farmers in bearing some of the costs of any welfare changes. However, equally it is stressed that good equipment equated to good welfare and certain innovations might not have a cost implication, if carefully managed, and would improve both welfare and the better understanding of the supply chain and quality assurance. Vital to this development is the role of in-house legal advice which successful FBOs have started to realise. The Council for European Halal Consumers is the only independent organisation in the United Kingdom which offers dedicated legal consultancy support to the non-Stun industry.
Of particular interest for non-stun FBOs is the importance being set on applying EU standards to imports and in promoting animal welfare in exports and the markets of non-EU countries.
MB Legal, the legal support arm of the Council for European Halal Consumers, understands that new regulatory requirements have been introduced following a High Court decision which may result in a revised Food Law-Code of Practice by the Food Standards Agency which the FBOs especially in the non-stun halal food sector must take part to appreciate the impact of it for their own survival and growth.
Council for European Halal Consumers has been at the forefront to help Non-stun FBOs in the Halal Food sector to ensure compliance and to help as to how to overcome the new regulatory burdens. The Council opposes the current aggressive stance of DEFRA and believes it to be an indirect interference with the religious rights of Halal consumers especially where such measures have been introduced without proper consultation and without undertaking any factual assessment as to how it may well contribute to the food fraud in addition to the increased cost of prophetic halal Meat products.
For the avoidance of doubt majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom prefer non-stun Halal Meat products. There is no two opinions to it and the contrary is only promoted and stated to provide a cover to allow the system to get away with its agenda. The same lame excuse has been used most recently by the Lancashire County Council by banning the non-stun Halal to schools without any adherence to its implications to Equalities Act 2010 and many other similar European and domestic legislation just to mislead the communities and yet again the animal welfare to produce discriminatory policies open to judicial challenges.
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