Spiritual Slaughter

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Spirit Space
Butchering animals as a part of religious practice.

Submitted: November 19, 2019

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Slaughter is how human beings world wide get their meat. The mass killing of cows, pigs, sheep and birds providing the beef, pork, lamb and poultry consumed, adding up to the deaths of millions of animals every year.

Most abattoirs (slaughter houses) use some method of stunning before the animal is beld out by the throat.  Veterinarians endorse this process as more humane for the animal when it is killed.

Then there is the religious practice of the muslim halal and the jewish shechita in which pre-stunning is not allowed under certain religious law. Instead, the animal is rendered immobile and still fully conscious as its throat is cut. The carotid arteries and jugular vein are severed, and the animal bleeds to death. 

This practice doesn't involve just one ritual killing, it is a part of slaughter house practice done to many animals in the name of religion. 

Mainly docile cows are held fast by cold, hard metal devices before they are severed by a knife. Halal and shechita butchery is neitherpainless or merciful in its practice. These animals suffer immensely, forced to endure an extremely violent and ruthless death. 

According to the Food Standards Agency of Animal Welfare, published in 2017, 16% of animals slaughtered by the halal and shechita methods were not stunned before their throats were cut. It is legal in the UK due to an exemption of law granted to Jews and Muslims.

I have viewed many abattoir videos. The animals scream, they show great fear, they smell the blood surrounding them. When there, they are in a space of torture before they die, and it is done to them by people.

On its own, the cruel butchery of the abattoir is horrible enough. but to do it in the name of religion is indefensible. It is spiritual slaughter.


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