02 September 2016

Halal industry concerns farmer

A Horowhenua man says he wants to know why New Zealand's meat industry only caters towards one religious point of view.

Ken Riddle wrote to The Chronicle that he was surprised to find the majority of meatworks in New Zealand were halal only.

Halal means "permissible" in Arabic and in reference to food and drink means that it complies under the guidelines of Islamic law, an essential part of the Muslim faith.

In slaughter, the animal dies from the "halal cut" to the throat, is faced towards Mecca and killed in the name of Allah by a Muslim slaughterman.

In New Zealand, animals are unconscious, complying with both animal welfare and halal requirements.

Mr Riddle said he's had a journey of discovery about the industry, which he believes most Kiwis aren't aware of. [Wanganui Chronicle] Read more