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Equality and Human Rights Commission
Scotland launch attack on animal charity
The Equality and Human Rights
Commission Scotland have launched an attack on animal welfare charity Scotland
for Animals over their campaign for compulsory labelling of Religious Slaughter
products and rubbished members of the public concerned that their rights are
being breached without this.
The government quango have stated that they
do not believe the public have the right to be informed that they are purchasing
these products even though a huge number of consumers wish to avoid these
products because of the animal cruelty involved. Animals slaughtered in this way
are not protected by even the most basic UK legislation at time of slaughter as
Muslim and Jewish religious methods are exempt from the law.
issue as "irrelevant" and "not a rights issue" the EHRC then went on to accuse
the charity of "misrepresenting itself" and accusing those who oppose Religious
Slaughter of having a "hidden agenda" and of "not being who they seem".
Scotland for Animals Spokesperson John Patrick stated "We're very concerned that
the EHRC have chosen to launch an attack on the public for asking that their
human rights be upheld, surely this is the whole point of the existence of this
"EHRC Scotland receive around £3.6 million of taxpayers money
every year, they should be protecting the rights of everyone".
course of our campaign we're working closely with legislators and the public
including members of the Muslim and Jewish communities, many of whom are opposed
to the cruelty currently involved in Religious Slaughter methods and wish to see
compulsory labelling themselves. We're confused at the EHRC's attitude and
reluctance to do anything about this rights issue".
A formal complaint
has been lodged with the EHRC Scotland regarding the matter.
Amongst other issues Scotland for Animals are currently
campaigning for compulsory labelling of Religious Slaughter products in
Scotland. This is attracting support from across the political spectrum and an
increasing number of Scottish consumers.
SA Scotland for Animals
Registered Charity No. SC039109