There is some misunderstanding around halal slaughter here in Australia. Islamic leaders in Australia largely accept the practice of pre-slaughter stunning, which means from an animal welfare perspective, Halal slaughter need not be any different (nor ‘crueller’) than non-halal slaughter.
In fact, when it comes to the way animals are stunned — the same method (referred to as ‘reversible stunning‘) is used for many animals killed for their meat in Australia. We are advised that all of Australia’s export abattoirs practice pre-slaughter stunning — and they are all ‘halal-certified’.
It is illegal for abattoirs in Australia to slaughter animals without stunning — however, a small number of facilities have been given an exemption in order to practice un-stunned ritual slaughter. This is not only for a small local halal market but also to meet Jewish or ‘kosher’ slaughter requirements.
Animals Australia has been campaigning to close the legal loophole that is allowing non-stun slaughter — both halal and kosher — to occur in several small abattoirs in Australia. We continue to lobby politicians, have held rallies and have provided an online platform for people to make their voices heard on this important issue. Thousands of Australians have already joined our calls to outlaw this cruel practice, and we will continue to campaign against non-stun slaughter until it is outlawed.