from Alan Long, Vegetarian Economy & Green Agriculture Research
Sir; The NFU president Sir Ben Gill is seriously in error if he sees in Halal meat "a wonderful commercial opportunity for meat producers all over the UK" (The Grocer, June 7, p52). Hardly had he pronounced such a dubious verdict than the Farm Animal Welfare Council repeated its authoritative condemnation of the rituals of slaughtering methods entailing sticking without prior stunning (The Grocer, June 14, p59). The "great deal of potential" that there may be in incorporating in the little red tractor quality assurance scheme some specially abhorrent procedures that prompt recommendations for a ban would further discredit the scheme's standards of welfare and flout the misgivings of many British farmers over the operations involved in kosher and Halal production.