Subway to end 'cruel' slaughter
Stop Halal killing without
Subway stores across the UK are selling Halal meat from unstunned
animals it has emerged. Animals killed in this way have their throats
cut whilst fully conscious; bleeding to death in abject terror and
pain. The suffering and welfare implications of it are so extreme that
the Government's own welfare advisory body - the Farm Animal Welfare
Council (FAWC) - have now twice asked for it to be banned.
However, there is an
important distinction: the majority of Halal meat in the UK comes from
animals that have been stunned - which, in essence, means it is no
different from the slaughter of any animal in the UK. Despite this,
Subway are selling meat from unstunned animals, imported from Ireland,
even though there is widespread availability of Halal meat from
animals that have been stunned within the UK.
Although no slaughter
is humane - and many animals regain consciousness during the
slaughtering process - pre-stunning undeniably causes less suffering
on the whole.
Viva! continues to
ask people to reject all slaughter and move towards a vegan diet, but
please take this opportunity to persuade Subway to wash their hands of
this horrific practice once and for all.
Below is a
pre-prepared email, but please feel free to write your own polite
letter to Subway and take a stand against slaughter without
SUBWAY® - UK &
Ireland Head Office
Subway Realty Limited
Tel: +44 (0)1223
As a customer of yours I am very
concerned that you are selling meat from unstunned animals in your 78
Halal accredited outlets across the UK, and I ask you to seriously
reconsider this move.
I, of course, support the principle
of multiculturalism but also believe that slaughter without
pre-stunning should not be tolerated for any reason. In fact,
slaughter without pre-stunning is illegal in the UK - the only
exception is for so-called religious slaughter. It is my understanding
that the Halal meat you are selling is accredited by the Islamic
Foundation of Ireland, which, according to their website, are against
the stunning of animals prior to slaughter.
animals can still be stunned and declared Halal. Indeed, the Halal
Food Authority (HFA),
supports slaughter with pre-stunning in the UK.
But slaughter without pre-stunning means that hundreds
of thousands of animals each year face the intense suffering of having
their throats cut while conscious. The government's own advisory body
on animal welfare - FAWC (Farm Animal Welfare Council) - described
this as "unacceptable" and recommended that slaughter without
pre-stunning was banned in the UK. It said: "Such a massive injury
would result in significant pain and distress." It re-iterated this
within the last couple of months when it published its report on
poultry at slaughter. This report stated that birds killed in this
manner are likely to remain conscious for 20 seconds or more after
their necks are cut. FAWC said that they were in agreement with
prevailing international scientific consensus that slaughter without
pre-stunning causes pain and distress.
I oppose all slaughter, and believe
that the only true way to end the suffering of animals is to stop
eating them. Very many Muslims share these concerns and embrace
However, if you insist on serving
Halal meat at your stores, please move over to HFA accredited meat
from pre-stunned animals. Otherwise I will be boycotting all Subway
stores across the UK, and encourage my friends to do likewise.