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The following is a summary of research done in Germany
about the methods of animal slaughter and their merits.
Revel and be thankful to Allah that He has guided us to
Islam and pray that He keeps us on that straight path.
Halaal slaughter is the humane method providing hygienic
meat to the consumer. Al Shaddad Bin Aous (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) has quoted this tradition of the Holy Prophet
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) "Allah calls for mercy in everything, so be merciful when you kill and when
slaughter. Sharpen your blade to relieve its pain."
Many allegations have been made that Islamic slaughter
is not humane to animals. However, Professor Schultz and
his colleague Dr. Hazim of the Hanover University,
Germany, proved through an experiment, using an
Electroencephalogram (EEG - An instrument that records
the electrical activity of the brain) and
Electrocardiogram (ECG - An instrument that records the
electrical current generated by heartbeat) that:
1.. Islamic slaughter is the humane method of
2.. Captive bolt stunning, practised by the western method, causes severe pain to the animal.
Several electrodes were surgically implanted at various
points on the skull of all animals, touching the surface
of the brain. The animals were allowed to recover for
several weeks. Some animals were slaughtered by making a
swift, deep incision with a sharp knife on the neck
cutting the jugular veins and carotid arteries of both
sides; and also the trachea and oesophagus i.e. the
Halaal method. Some animals were stunned using a captive
bolt pistol slaughter by the western method. During the experiment, EEG and ECG were used on all animals to
the condition of the brain and heart during the course
of slaughter and stunning.
Results and Discussion:
The first three seconds from the time of Islamic
slaughter as recorded on the EEG did not show any change
from the graph before slaughter , thus indicating that
the animal did not feel any pain during or immediately
after the incision. For the following 3 seconds, the EEG
recorded a condition of deep sleep - unconsciousness.
This is due to a large quantity of blood gushing out
from the body.
After the above mentioned 6 seconds, the EEG recorded zero
level, showing no feeling of pain at all. As the brain
message (EEG) dropped to zero level, the heart was still
pounding and the body convulsing vigorously (a reflex
action of the spinal cord) driving maximum blood from
the body, resulting in hygienic meat for the consumer.
Western method by Captive Bolt Stunning
(For Refrence http://www.grandin.com/humane/captive.bolt.html
The animals were apparently unconscious soon after
stunning. EEG showed severe pain immediately after
stunning. The hearts of the animal stunned by C.B.P.
stopped beating as compared to those of the animals
slaughtered according to the Halal method resulting in
the retention of more blood in the meat. This in turn is
unhygienic for the consumer.
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