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Animals 2017, 7(2), 11;

Religion and Animal Welfare—An Islamic Perspective

Bangalore Veterinary College, 123, 7th B Main Road, 4th Block West, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560011, India
Present Address: Commonwealth Veterinary Association, 123, 7th B Main Road, 4 Block West, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560011, India.
Academic Editor: Clive J. C. Phillips
Received: 14 December 2016 / Revised: 14 January 2017 / Accepted: 10 February 2017 / Published: 17 February 2017
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Islam is a comprehensive religion guiding the lives of its followers through sets of rules governing the personal, social, and public aspects through the verses of the Holy Qur’an and Hadiths, the compilation of the traditions of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), the two main documents that serve as guidelines. Islam is explicit with regard to using animals for human purposes and there is a rich tradition of the Prophet Mohammad’s (pbuh) concern for animals to be found in the Hadith and Sunna. Islam has also laid down rules for humane slaughter. In many countries animals are killed without pre-stunning. Regardless of pre-stunning, such meat should not be treated as halāl or at least be considered as Makrooh (detestable or abominable), because the animals have been beaten or treated without compassion during production, handling, transport, and slaughter. Many Muslims and Islamic religious leaders are not aware of the cruelty that is routinely inflicted on animals during transport, pre-slaughter, and slaughter in many Islamic countries. There is an urgent need to sensitize all Muslims to the teachings of animal welfare in the Qur’an and the Hadiths. A campaign is needed to apprise religious leaders of the current cruelty that occurs during transport and slaughter. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islam; animal welfare; halāl; slaughter Islam; animal welfare; halāl; slaughter
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