What is Halal ?

“Halal” means “permissible” in Arabic. It is any object or action, which is permissible according to Islamic law. Food is one area where this is particularly important. Halal meat is a big part of Islamic religious life. For a food to be “Halal,” it not only needs to be the right type of food, but it needs to be prepared properly. For meat, this means the animal is raised and slaughtered in accordance with strict standards of humane treatment, as well as strict standards of cleanliness and hygiene. The meat must come from a supplier that uses Halal practices. When you eat Halal meat, you know the animal was treated in the most humane and respectful way possible.

What does halal slaughter involve?

Traditional halal meat is killed by hand and must be blessed by the slaughter man. Islam has strict laws on the proper method of slaughtering an animal. One, called dhabihah, requires a swift, deep incision with a sharp knife on the neck that cuts the jugular vein. For meat to be considered halal the animal must be alive and healthy before it is killed, and all the blood must be drained from the body.


Do halal slaughterhouses in BC face different regulations to non-halal ones ?

No, with the single exception of whether or not stunning is used. For halal slaughter that includes pre-stunning there is no practical difference in the way the animal is treated. While Federal law requires animals to be stunned before slaughter, there is an exemption in place for halal and kosher killing. In exchange there are actually more regulations in place governing the handling of animals that will not be stunned when slaughtered.









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