Halal is one of the most humane methods of animal slaughtering. Muslims are taught through the Qu’ran that all animals should be treated with respect and well cared for. The goal is to slaughter the animal, limiting the amount of pain the animal will endure. This means that for any food to be considered halal it must comply with the religious ritual and observance of Sharia law.
The slaughter of a halal animal
- This is called "zabihah" and concerns the halal slaughter of animals such as beef, lamb and poultry. There are certain guidelines to follow:
- Allah's (God's) name must be pronounced during slaughter.
- The instrument must be very sharp to ensure humane slaughter. The animal must be slit at the throat.
- The animal must not be unconscious
- The animal must be hung upside down and allowed to bleed dry ( Eating blood is not halal.)
- These steps must be accomplished by a Muslim or the People of the Book (Christian or Jew.) Many observant Muslims find kosher meat acceptable.
- The animal must have been fed a natural diet that did not contain animal by-products.
The above information has been sourced from the following sites: Wikipedia NYS Delight The Kitchen.com Halal Choices Please visit them for more information.