Should religions be allowed to kill animals without stunning them first?


11th January 2019

A BAN on the Muslim and Jewish ways of slaughtering animals has led to a big debate over the reasons for Belgium’s new rules.

The country’s new law says that all animals have to be stunned before they are killed. Previously, the halal and shechita methods of killing often meant that animals were conscious at the time of death.

Although some Muslims and Jews are okay with animals being stunned first, more strictly religious people say that stunning goes against their religion. That’s why many Muslims and Jews in Belgium have seen the new law as an attack on their religions.

However, animal rights campaigners say that preventing the suffering of animals is more important. From 1 January, slaughter without stunning became illegal in Flanders, the northern half of Belgium.

A similar law will cover the southern Wallonia region from the end of August, although both laws are being challenged in court. In the UK, halal and shechita slaughtering are both legal.

John Fishwick, Senior Vice President at the British Veterinary Association (BVA), says: “BVA would like to see all animals stunned before slaughter and this call has received widespread support from the veterinary profession and general public, including a petition with over 120,000 signatures.

Our focus on this has nothing to do with the expression of religious beliefs, but is about finding ways to reduce the welfare harm of non-stun slaughter. If slaughter without stunning continues to be permitted in the UK, then meat and fish from this source must be clearly labelled, to help customers make informed choices.”

What do you think?

Should religions be allowed to kill animals without stunning them first?


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mimpi123 · 4 years ago

first to comment

mimpi123 · 4 years ago

stunning animals makes it less painful for them

elephant_m · 4 years ago

If you stun an animal and then kill it, it would be doing more things on an animal before it dies. Also, some people are highly religious and I think it would be bad if you disrupt a holy law.

ffion248 · 4 years ago

no Because it’ll probably hurt them more and it’ll be easier for people who have a certain religion to cope

teamgorbo1 · 4 years ago

No, because it is medieval and barbaric. There is no need to kill animals like that in the name of religion. I think it should be stopped.

shivi · 4 years ago

i feel they should definitely stun animals before killing them because they should try to prevent the suffering of animals.

lolteen23 · 4 years ago

I don't know because it makes it less painful for the animals but religions should be able to have a say too.

elephant_1 · 4 years ago

No because by stunning animals it makes them feel less pain. Animals do not know what will happen to them so it will make their life easier for them if they are stunned first.

orangebob9 · 4 years ago

I voted no as humans would not want to go through a long and painful death so why should animals. I know that the certain religions might want to eat meat but if it is going to hurt them then maybe don't eat any meat at all.

spacegirlg · 4 years ago

Hopefully we don’t have to kill too many animals anyway. Still, stunning them makes them feel like they just cut their knee or something.

aryshah · 4 years ago

Third to comment!!!!

cheesy · 4 years ago

I think that religions should not be allowed to kill animals without stunning them because it will cause less pain for the animals.

astro_girl · 4 years ago

we should think about what harms the animals less instead of what we would like to do

jedi1234 · 4 years ago

To be honest, I think that Muslims and Jews should be allowed to kill stunned animals but there should be limits on how many animals they kill.

minimaker · 4 years ago

Although I am a vegetarian, I think it’s okay to kill animals as long as they don’t feel the pain. I think stunning them first is a good compromise because the animals don’t feel pain, but humans can follow their religion.

fridayfun9 · 4 years ago

They should not be allowed to kill them when there conscious,it’s not legal to kill a human conscious so it should not be for animals no matter what the religion.

dotty08 · 4 years ago

NO! Absolutely not! Killing animals in the first place is terrible, let alone killing them while they are still breathing!

nebbo13 · 4 years ago

Not stunning animals and killing them is cruel and goes against all animal rights.

heh · 4 years ago

I DON'T KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anb12495 · 4 years ago

stunning animals means they won't feel the pain

lolyolo · 4 years ago

We've got to respect religions, and even though it could be less painful for the animals, it might mean some Muslims and Jews might not be able to eat certain kinds of meat.

dude28899 · 4 years ago

Animals have a life like all of us and should have rights to die painlessly

rinlen432 · 4 years ago

It's pointless to stun the animals before they get slaughtered. It's like getting killed twice. If you were on a mission to assassinate someone, you wouldn't stun the person and then slaughter them. Your just killing him/her twice

loucburn · 4 years ago

If animals are stunned, they loose all fear they have on what is happening and will not know what is going on. The animals will be still, that will help the religions to kill them

loucburn · 4 years ago

If animals are stunned, they loose all fear they have on what is happening and will not know what is going on. The animals will be still, that helps the religions to kill them.

marla_cat · 4 years ago

Those poor animals! That is cruel, even just killing them for your dinner. But I respect that that is some peoples religion but it is horrible to suggest killing them in the first place.

littlepup · 4 years ago

Religions should stunn animals otherwise the animals are in pain when dying.

0803 · 4 years ago

They shouldn't be allowed to kill animals without stunning them before because it would be very painful and unfair to the animals.

emojilove · 4 years ago

NOOO religions shouldn't be allowed to kill animals without stunning them first because it sounds horrible, it looks horrible and it is horrible also you might hurt them EVEN more and i hope no one ever kills animals

chahou · 4 years ago

If people's religious beliefs state that then yes because otherwise it is like saying you can't make offerings to God if you are Christian. Also, there is a reason that their God had told them to do this.

alech · 4 years ago

Stunning could hurt the animals and killing them without them without stunning them without stunning them could make them die without as much pain.

icestarz · 4 years ago

Stunning animals means that they don't die painfully and we would want to kill them where they are not in pain.

ayms · 4 years ago

The Islamic way of slaughter is pain free. If u stun it first it would be then paralysed and that's cruelty. . Because of this, I say yes.

oliverh06 · 4 years ago

Animals are sentient beings too. The whole world would have an outcry if we ate humans without stunning them first.

nergit · 4 years ago

If you stun animals, it'll be less painful for them when you slaughter them. Anyway, I'm a vegetarian, so I don't wanna be involved.
other veggies, please back me up!!!!

wingardium · 4 years ago

I believe they shouldnt because it is cruel towards the animal. However, I am not Muslim or Jewish so I don't feel the same way as some people who might be Muslim or Jewish. This might affect their way of life, and we shouldnt be impacting them in a bad way.

snowdie · 4 years ago

I think it's really cruel

tinyrolo · 4 years ago

No because animals shouldn't have to suffer pain even though it is against their religion.

nanodream · 4 years ago

I mean no disrespect to any religions but this is torture, animal cruelty and abuse. Just for traditions and customs you are killing them and not even in a humane way. I think this should stop.

benjisal · 4 years ago

No because it is just unfair that religions can kill animals for free

penguin2 · 4 years ago

I do not think people should kill animals without stunning them first because they are animals, just like us.

gordone · 4 years ago

No because animals shouldn’t have to die alive

babytiger · 4 years ago

We live in a modern world now, I understand these religions deem it necessary but why is it needed? Animals shouldn't feel pain. They think that the animals must know that they are feeding a Muslim or Jew, however without disrespecting the religion I think it causes the animal pain which is not needed

fn920 · 4 years ago

As it says, this is most common with people with Jewish or Muslim faith. If these people live here, or come to here, they have to abide the law in THIS country, no matter their religious beliefs- it isn't an excuse to break the law. If their country of origin or country with a majority of religion stated( ie Israel, Iran etc.) finds it legal,fair enough. But it isn't 'racist'. People are for this law because of the animals, not the people. It just turns out the large majority of people who are doing it are from Jewish or Muslim faith. If it is so racist, just leave the country.

y0l0zc00l · 4 years ago

I put no down because animals have a life as well

bun123 · 4 years ago

No definitely not, its evil and non-humane

anahi77 · 4 years ago

I think it's cruel to kill the animals without stunning them first. It is painful for any animal to get killed and it's worse if they aren't stunned beforehand. Animals are living things and should be treated with respect.

ben_181 · 4 years ago

Making any sentient being bleed to death is clearly not ok. Religion isn’t an excuse for making anyone or anything suffer, which is also why terrorism cant be justified under religious grounds?‍♂️

natalija · 4 years ago

This is a controversial topic but I think that I personally wouldn't want animals to be conscious when they are getting killed but I think that certain religions have a right to do so.

supergirlx · 4 years ago

In school we are always told to respect religious so stopping them is very wrong.
Although, killing animals are bad ,stunning them then killing is probably worse!

prongsii · 4 years ago

Guys, in this poll, there are three different views:
The animals own happiness and the amount of pain they go through
How people feel about these animals
And the religious aspect among those Jewish and Islamic faiths.
We all understand that during the actual death, stunning them first means that they will not be conscious during their death and therefore unable to feel any pain happening to them. However, there really is no point, as killing that animal will still be harming the animal, ending their life, so if you stun them first it really wont make much difference as it will die soon enough. It is still a great aspect to look upon with this argument, however it is quite hypocritical to want to help the animal not feel pain while ending their lives. Onto the second point, we discuss how people would vote depending on how they feel on the animals. This means that they merely hope that the animals stay happy and dont go through too much pain. they try to look upon things with the point of view of the sufferer, and they argue depending on how the animal may feel. Linking back to my previous point, they are being hypocritical, even though they may seem to care they wouldnt usually do much to help the animal because they are killing it anyways.

At this point, you would understand roughly why this would be banned, even though it may not seem to be worth it. But now, there is religious views saying that they do not want it stunned for RELIGIOUS reasons. Notice religious is in bold, because religion is something that is so deep into the understanding of most people, it is practically their sole purpose and their whole life revolves around this. It would be bad if somebody would go in the way of religion and to try and stop their beliefs just because of their contradicting ideas. This world should have peace upon one another, no killing other humans and trying to harm them.

Think about this now again, and what do you think? Should all animals be stunned before killed?

abinews · 4 years ago

I don't think religions should be alowed to kill animals without stuning them first. I go by the motto "Do as you would be done by". Of course I don't want to be killed but it would be even worse if you knew what was happening!

12ah · 4 years ago

It would hurt less

RoseBun · 3 years ago

I disagree with killing animals completely but if people do they SHOULD DEFINITELY not be conscious.

flossingg · 3 years ago

It makes me sick...
I'm a vegetarian, who agrees that it is wrong!
Whatever your belifs, its important to know.

emeve · 3 years ago

No because it is cruel to animals and it will be less painful for the animals. If you were going to be killed, would you haver be stabbed and it would really hurt or be stabbed and be asleep so you didn't feel anything?

moosyb · 3 years ago

poor animals...):

euanp · 3 years ago

They shouldn't even kill animals, never mind stun them.

zebra10 · 3 years ago

i lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IT IS CRUEL!

zebra10 · 3 years ago

i lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IT IS CRUEL!

teddyfer · 3 years ago

It's cruel to animals to let them feel the pain of dieing

yussy2006 · 3 years ago

I'm a Muslim, and my mum told me that when you stun them their blood stops but when you cut them straight away all the blood comes out so they're cleaner and its less painful. :)

flute123 · 3 years ago

They shouldn't kill anyway!

awhitebus · 3 years ago

I don't think they should kill

panda89 · 2 years ago

I think people should be able to kill animals without stunning them if it is there religioun. Although it would be more painful in the end for the animal in the end they’ll be DEAD either way. If it wasn’t for religion i would say they have to be stunned but religion is REALLY IMPORTANT. It is what people believe

panda89 · 1 year ago

YES YES YES they should be allowed u are killing them anyway i agre with prongsii