Supermarkets throughout the UK are selling Halal and kosher meat from animals that have not been pre-stunned before having their throats cut.
It recently emerged that British retailers and restaurants are quietly switching to halal meats in their products and meals, leaving customers opposed to the practice – seen by some as causing unnecessary suffering to the animal – in the dark.
Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Morrisons all sell meat from non-stunned animals produced by specialist Halal suppliers, such as the London-based Haji Babab Halal Meats.
Both halal and kosher slaughter involves a religious ritual in which the throat is cut. But some animals are not stunned beforehand, leaving them in pain, according to some animal welfare organizations.
A spokesperson from Tesco said: ‘We offer a range of products to meet the needs of customers from all communities.
‘As part of our commitment to provide our customers with a choice, we sell a range of frozen, chilled halal meat and convenience products in areas where there is a demand for them.
‘All halal products we sell are clearly marked as such, to enable customers to make informed decisions about their purchases.’
A spokesman from Morrisons said: ‘All halal and kosher products are very clearly labeled so there can be no mistake’
Last week the Mail reported that all the major supermarkets are selling New Zealand lamb killed according to halal ritual without providing labels.