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Scotland for Animals, January 2010

Scotland for Animals AGM/ social

Saturday 30th january-2pm-Bacchus-Glassford St.-Glasgow

SfA will be holding our Annual General Meeting to give you a rundown of what we've been doing during the past year to give a voice to Scotland's animals. This meeting will also be a chance for people to put forward ideas and suggestions for the coming year and generally meet and have a day with like-minded folk, it'll be relaxed and informal so come along and get into the movement for change.

Re: approving news reports of the Scottish Islamic Foundation's day of animal sacrifice at Paisley slaughterhouse last month here's Scotland for Animals' response which sadly the papers declined to run (see original article at end).

See you on the 30th.

Re: 'Religion and faith in Scotland' Scotsman 5/1/10

Thank you for this article noting that over 1,000 lambs were slaughtered last month in one day by one individual at Paisley Abattoir in what amounts to a ceremony of religious animal sacrifice. More worrying still is that this act was carried out at the request of and funded by The Scottish Islamic Foundation - an organisation subsidised by taxpayers' money.

The Scottish Government assures the public that all animals slaughtered in Scotland are stunned beforehand, including those killed in religious ceremonies. But despite this, Scotland for Animals have been told by the firm involved at the Abattoir (who happen to be the main supplier of Halal meat in Scotland) that the religiously slaughtered animals are "only stunned for about 1.8 seconds" - If this is at a level which is accepted by the only UK Halal authority which accepts some kind of pre-slaughter stunning this would not only insufficiently stun the animal and leave it to bleed slowly to death while fully conscious but add electrocution to the list of trauma it endures before slaughter.

There are already shameful levels of brutality towards animals in Scotland's slaughterhouses without reducing their woefully inadequate legal protection further in the name of God and religion.

The Scottish Islamic Foundation claim to carry out these slaughters so that meat can be distributed amongst refugees in Glasgow. If the SIF really want to alleviate poverty in Scotland then there are many more effective ways to do this than through the suffering of animals.

If readers would like to find out more about religious slaughter they can refer to our website

Yours faithfully
John Patrick
Scotland for Animals

The Scotsman- 5/01/10

IT IS A BRIGHT, COLD afternoon in the west end of Glasgow, and the queue at KRK Continental Food, a halal butcher, snakes out of the door. Today is Eid Ul-Adha, the Islamic festival commemorating the prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah.. Muslims are supposed to mark this by arranging for lambs to be slaughtered – an act known as Qurbani – and donating meat to the poor.

Members of the Scottish-Islamic Foundation have arranged to pick up lamb and give it to asylum seekers who would not otherwise be able to celebrate Eid. It is, at once, an act of devotion and social justice.. The SIF is a not-for-profit organisation seeking to demonstrate the good that Muslims can bring to Scotland.

Inside the butcher's, people shout orders over the whine of the band-saw. This scene feels ancient and elemental. Seven men are working in a small meat-smelling space. One wears a chain-mail glove to protect his hand from the knife. Carcasses, headless and hoofless, are carried in from a van, cut off the bone into fat-free bite-size pieces, then bagged and boxed.

These lambs were killed yesterday, in Paisley, by Shaukat Ali Faisal, a 65-year-old who slaughtered 1,015 in a single day. With the knife poised on each animal's throat, he said the name of the person who had arranged the Qurbani and a blessing in the name of Allah.

The butchers take extra care when preparing this meat. It's a devotional ritual important to the community. KRK has been trading on Woodlands Road since 1979, founded by a family from Pakistan. Around three-quarters of Scotland's Muslims live in Glasgow. According to the 2001 census, there were 42,557 in Scotland, but it is estimated that the figure is now around 60,000, a rise due in part to the arrival of asylum seekers and refugees.

Their cars loaded with meat, the SIF team drive to Kingsway Court, an estate of multi-storey blocks. Outside the community centre, people are queuing for food. They are from Afghanistan, Kurdistan and Somalia, among other countries. Some survive on £5 a day.

The Qurbani is handed out in blue bags, together with rice and ginger. There is liver and other innards for those who want them, but the kids running about seem more interested in the jumbo tins of Quality Street. 

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