Animal Welfare

In the United States, the Food Marketing Institute (representing the major supermarkets) and the National Council of Chain Restaurants (in conjunction with the production agriculture trade associations) has undertaken to develop a set of minimal animal welfare standards. As part of that process, a kosher/halal standard and audit requirements have been developed, based on the American Meat Institute's requirement for upright slaughter.1-8-1 In addition, the Northeast Sheep and Goat Program at Cornell University has developed a low-cost, upright holding pen for small animals, and has identified a commercial knife appropriate for halal slaughter. The Cornell program is currently developing a poster on on-farm humane/halal slaughter that will be available in a number of different languages (e.g., English, Arabic, Persian, Spanish).

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