House of Lords Debate on Religious Slaughter - 16 January 2014
Monday, 27 January 2014
A short, non-voting debate took place at the House of Lords on Thursday 16th
January 2014 to discuss the Question: "Lord Trees to ask Her Majesty's
Government what assessment they have made of the ethical, legal and religious factors that influence the way in which some animals are slaughtered in the United Kingdom."
An MCB briefing document was prepared by Dr Shuja Shafi, Deputy Secretary General,
for the occasion. The Lord Sheikh of Cornhill participated in the debate
which focused on stunning and labeling of meat to indicate that an animal was
not stunned. In his speech, Lord Sheikh emphasised that if meat
products are to be labelled, then the labeling should include all meat -
irrespective of whether the animal was stunned or not, so that consumers make
an informed choice when shopping. Lord Sheikh also spoke about the importance of halal
meat and the careful methods undertaken during religious
A document indicating the criteria for religious slaughter was also
presented with the briefing paper. Read the full debate here.