Warning: Sensitive persons should avoid this clip!
This video starts by showing the Western humane “bolt gun” method of instant slaughter. The remainder of the video then shows the Islamic Halal method of slaughter. Halal is the Sharia law prescribed method of ritual killing involving the cutting of animals’ throats and letting them bleed to death.
The butcher at the end of the video confirms that because many customers demand halal meat, his butchery is now slaughtering all animals with the halal method. Then, it seems some packages are simply labelled “halal” and some not, depending on the target customers.
So even if you’re a Christian or an atheist, there’s a chance you’re unknowingly purchasing halal meat. Among muslims, most “casual” believers prefer halal meat, not just the fundamentalists crackpots. So we’re all supporting this.
The Jewish Shechita ritual has many similarities with Islamic Halal slaughter, including not labelling Shechita meat as such for non-Jewish markets.
Note: A well-known compromise is probably possible, still allowed by Islamic Sharia law: to render the animal unconscious by stunning it before proceeding with halal slaughter. But according to Gaia, source of this documentary, more than 252,114 animals in Belgium each year are slaughtered without stunning, among them 92% of sheep and 22% of calves.