The ethical and economic significance of slaughtering animals for consumption by people of faith cannot be underestimated. On one hand, there are concerns for the welfare of animals during rearing, transport and slaughter, on the other hand, the market for halal meat products continue to grow at an exponential rate which has attracted the attention of independent and the mainstream retailer multiples. This paper considers the slaughter methods approved for the main species of animals slaughtered for consumption by Muslims; beef, lamb, goats and poultry. It further examines the rationale for approving and rejecting some methods of stunning and the implication this has on the welfare of animals. Areas where further research is needed to improve animal welfare during halal slaughter are also highlighted, and the authors have argued why a dialogue between animal welfare researchers, Islamic scholars and halal certification or accreditation bodies is vital in creating knowledge exchange between key stakeholders with a view to improving animal welfare during halal meat production.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 29 Oct 2021|