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Why halal is more humane

Andy Elliott may think that the suffering faced by animals slaughtered under Halal law is 'unimaginable' (Write Back, October 16), yet should he inadvertently cut himself with something sharp, he would not notice until he saw the bleeding, as happens from time to time when handling sheets of paper.

When the arteries in the neck are severed, blood pressure to the brain falls to negligible levels almost instantly, rendering the animal unconscious, certainly faster than the time lapse until any pain resulting from the cut could possibly be felt.

What Mr Elliott fails to appreciate is that the stunning process itself often fails to be effective at its first application, requiring repeated attempts which causes considerable pain and distress to the animal.

In reality, when performed by a skilled slaughterer, this is the most humane way of killing animals.


Salford, England


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