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Denmark: Muslims want independent body to supervise halal slaughter
Islam in Europe
The Danish Islamic Faith Society and 35 other Muslim associations joined together to stop what they say is non-halal meat sold as halal. They want to create an independent organ to supervise halal slaughter.
"Some of the methods used in slaughter are not halal, and the supervision of halal slaughter is too lenient," says Ben Yones Essabar, head of the Islamic Faith Society's Halal Committee.
Slaughterhouses must be approved before they can sell halal meat. The Islamic Culture Center (IKC) had until now issued the halal certificates. But according to the Islamic Faith Society, several cattle slaughterhouses have had their halal certificates renewed for years despite the fact that they've used stun-bolt guns to stun the animals. The IKC recently withdrew permission to use stun-bolt guns.
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