The particular mode of ritual slaughter , consistent with the principles of Islamic law, through which you get the halal meat declared, that “lawful” for the consumption of believers, are heavily criticized for the additional suffering they inflict on animals in their already long and painful death pathway .
What is the ritual slaughter halal, similar nevertheless similar to other forms such as shechitàh of Jewish tradition?
It involves the killing of the animal, after immobilization, through the cutting of the trachea, esophagus, common carotid artery, jugular vein and vagus nerve of the same, through the use of a blade sharp point that allows immediate and deep excision of the blood vessels and nerves vital.
cultic purpose of this practice is to make possible the food consumption of the flesh, in such a private way of the blood of the animal. It is not considered permissible, in fact, according to religious principles that inform this choice, embezzle something that you think belongs only to God: life, understood as the vital essence of which blood is not mere symbol, but a real dwelling.
The animal to be killed, however, because it sacrificed, ie made sacred, in a ritual context of high symbolic value, it should be complete: this excludes the use of stunning techniques estimate, judged harmful, and therefore make it unsuitable for the ‘animal himself as not perfect.
slaughter not the ritual, however, that is commonly adopted for the production of meat in food in accordance with the current Italian legislation (in accordance with EU directives), the animal is immobilized and stunned with a captive bolt pistol (if a cow). The bullet penetrates the cortex of the animal which, by now in a state of unconsciousness, is killed by severing the carotid artery. For other animal species are used as alternative methods of stunning electrical stunning for poultry and pigs.
Several scientific studies seem to show that the slaughter with prior stunning result in a significant reduction of the suffering of animals at least in the terminal phase of a process of exploitation, pain and death, that of the production chain of meat for food, the signatories of this letter is written to the avoidance of doubt, reject it completely in all its forms and manifestations, convinced as they are that the chain is in itself an unnecessary barbarism and a source of incalculable harm to humans and the environment.
Accordingly, with a view to overcoming the anthropocentric view, in which the ethical sphere expands to include species other than human, and based on universally shared values or sharable such as respect for all forms of life and compassion for non-human animals, we believe now more than ever the dutiful commitment to the enhancement and promotion of all the possibilities to minimize the suffering inflicted by mankind to other species that are subordinate to it in virtue of a higher law, but rather only for the exercise amoral son of a predominance of strength and technique.
The right to freedom of conforming one’s life and actions to the precepts of a religion freely accepted in conscience can not ignore nor overpowering the need to safeguard the principles, painstakingly elaborated on the ethical path in a secular and now fully shared within our society, norms and behaviors that inform protecting the welfare and rights of animals.
We are perfectly aware that the drive to assess openness to meat halal menus in school canteens is the daughter of a noble goal, shared unreservedly recognized and never quite up to the celebrated civil and democratic tradition of the city of Sarzana and that makes honor to the secular spirit of hospitality of this community: the progressive and respectful social integration of men, women and children from different countries and continents distant and different, often forced by wars, misery and despair to an uprooting, well-known and even live in memory of all Italians, from their affections, by its own traditions and their own culture, but today stably inserted in increasing numbers, in economic and productive fabric of our country.
Whilst I understand, then, the reasons for a proposal motivated by the desire to contribute to building a society truly multicultural, inclusive and open to the ‘”other”, we invite you, Mr. Mayor, to carefully weigh up the pros and cons.
If it is right and proper attention to the needs of integration of people of Islamic religion , whose children populate growing number of schools in the Republic, as is right and proper attention that the institutions should reserve the sensitivity and ethical choices and existential families who have deliberately excluded from their diet, and that of their children, meat, fish and any food of animal origin, such as eggs and dairy products.
Why our requests, such as those made by reputable Islamic communities have been ignored at the institutional level?
For what reason those who follow a vegetarian diet / vegan does not have the right to find, in schools and in workplaces, alternatives to meat and fish that are not always a plate of pasta with tomato sauce or a salad?
we are certain, Mr. Mayor, that you know well the ethical grounds to behind the choice vegetarian / vegan who comes from a culture of respect towards every sentient being, as opposed to every form of subordination, exploitation and violence of man from the animal beings weakest feature of anthropocentrism.
Veganism, therefore , announces the diet not only meat and fish, but also milk, yogurt, butter, cheese, cream, eggs or any other animal-derived product. In fact, there are no farms, intensive or not, that does not presuppose, as constituent elements of their own existence, exploitation, slavery, violence and ultimately death for the animals.
Not everyone knows, for example, that in ‘ dairy industry cows are artificially impregnated every year would not generate if the calf would not produce milk, which causes continuous milking, however, painful mastitis. Finally, you become unproductive after just a few years of this life, are sent to slaughter, while in nature may live for up to forty years. A similar fate is up to the calf, torn from the mother to be sent to slaughter after a few months.
During the laying hen flocks, the situation is not very different. A hen, in nature, would live up to ten or fifteen years, while a laying hen farm will be slaughtered as soon as it decreases the production of eggs, usually around two years of life. The male chicks then unsuitable for marketing, are a “waste product” and, therefore, are suppressed at birth with horrible mode: shredded alive, gassed, or simply piled on top of one another in large piles and left to die.
Many will wonder if a vegan diet like the one that excludes foods traditionally associated in a series of cliches to a balanced and healthy nutritional regime, is not harmful to health.
Instead, it helps prevent many diseases including those chronic degenerative such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and certain types of cancer.
A growing number of nutritionists, doctors and pediatricians that encourage people to adhere to a vegan diet just for the benefits to health.
‘s vegan diet, in fact, if well balanced, it is perfectly suited to human nutritional needs. It is naturally rich in carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is also devoid of contraindications in every stage of life, from pregnancy to breastfeeding, weaning to the first and second childhood and suitable for any lifestyle, including that of professional athletes.
Due to all these reasons we believe that, if an administration considers appropriate and civil school canteens to open halal meat, the more should carefully consider the possibility of offering vegetarian and vegan alternatives in the same canteen.
we ask with respect, however, to imagine the feelings of sorrow and pity that a vegetarian or try a vegan out of sight, into the pot of diners, the poor remnants of what a day it was a living and sentient, had a beating heart, he saw the same things that we see with our eyes the same, he experienced feelings of affection for their offspring, although perhaps in a closed enclosure dirty and foul-smelling, feeling afraid their fellow initiated in mass slaughter and, in the end, was shot in the assembly line of death that are Slaughterhouses – or under the sharp blade of a butcher certificate – in the midst of the blood of thousands of other innocent beings.
would like to teach our children that it is possible to live in a non-violent and compassionate towards all forms of life, saving the planet ‘s useless slaughter of animals that look at us, eye to eye, with the dazed expression of those who can not understand why so much blood and so much pain and can not escape alone to their fate of slavery and death.
would like to teach our children that all this can be avoided by starting from the moment they sit down at the table, just doing – and being placed in a position of being able to do – food choices different from the traditional ones.
institutions, public administrations, starting from His, Mr. Mayor, will be willing to help us and support us in this path of non-violence, fraternal coexistence among all living species that we would like to go to our children and we would like to share with an increasing number of people willing to see the world from a perspective different?
Or we will find ourselves alone along this path, for us, is a high road of civilization?
believe that, in the twenty-first century, it is a duty, at least, take this route also making small steps, as it would be to insert a permanent ‘alternative vegetarian / vegan menu in school canteens, or at least to experiment with formulas similar to those already adopted successfully for some time, for example, in San Francisco and other cities, the USA, or Ghent, in Belgium for a day a week the entire menu of the canteens of schools and public offers only vegetarian and vegan dishes. It is true “Veggieday” useful also to accommodate the repeated appeals by FAO to the nations to reduce global consumption of meat, with the aim of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases caused by 18%, on a global level just by cattle ranches.
We hope you find our proposals sensitivity, personal and institutional, ready, if not to receive them, at least to discuss them in a public debate covering all these issues as part of a civil confrontation, democratic and, hopefully, as much as possible involved.