We the undersigned are against the Halal industrial park proposed for south Wales, who's primary business will be, the ritual slaughter of animals in the name of supplying Halal or Kosher meat products.
Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, a person commits an offence if:
(a) an act of his, or a failure of his to act, causes an animal to suffer,.
(b) he knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the act, or failure to act, would have that effect or be likely to do so,.
(c) the animal is a protected animal, and.
(d) the suffering is unnecessary.
The 2006 act further states that: 5 Mutilation.
(1) A person commits an offence if—.
(a) he carries out a prohibited procedure on a protected animal;.
(b) he causes such a procedure to be carried out on such an animal. And:
(2) A person commits an offence if—.
(a) he is responsible for an animal,.
(b) another person carries out a prohibited procedure on the animal, and.
(c) he permitted that to happen or failed to take such steps (whether by way of supervising the other person or otherwise) as were reasonable in all the circumstances to prevent that happening.
The hunting of foxes was banned under these regulations. The sports of hunting, shooting and fishing are also regulated by strict rules that will result in prosecution for anyone who breaches them. The fact that those of the Islamic and Jewish faiths are allowed to ignore British law and continue to slaughter animals in such a barbaric fashion shows that the law is not being applied equally, but selectively.
We submit that hanging animals by their hind legs and cutting their throats while still living and fully conscious, not only causes unnecessary and avoidable suffering, but is also an act of mutilation, which are both unlawful and should therefore be banned.