HRH Princess Alia joins the halal debate in THE TIMES

15th July 2014


Subject: Stunning is not incompatible with Islamic requirements when butchering animals for food
Sir, As a practising Muslim who has been closely involved with the question of Islamic slaughter of animals, I applaud Nizar Boga for stating that stunning is not incompatible with Islamic requirements and that not stunning compromises animal welfare (“Koran doesn’t ban stunning animals, insists imam”, July 7).

I would add that non-stunning also compromises the health of consumers — adrenaline, for example, released into the body by the slaughter process is accepted as a carcinogen…

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HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein is co-author of Small Miracles and founder of the Princess Alia Foundation, addressing issues relating to human and animal welfare and the environment.

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