Kosher vs. Halal
Kosher – requires the animal be slaughtered quickly and humanely, strictly forbidding cruel slow methods like strangulation.
Halal – requires the animal be bled out in agony while sick people who get off watching that kind of thing have a “festival.”
Kosher – requires the blood be drained cleanly from the *carcass* of the humanely killed animal, removing toxins released from cells into the bloodstream at the moment of death from the meat.
Halal –leaves the meat *filled* with toxins released at the moment of death because the blood is removed while the animal is dying and therefore is not present in sufficient quantities to remove those last toxins.
Kosher – contains little to no cortisol or norepenepherine (two stress chemicals that are similar enough from mammal to mammal to cross species) because the animal to be killed is treated well before it is put down and is generally not frightened as it is put down (because in a truly kosher slaughter situation, animals cannot be slaughtered in a sequential fashion, as the waste of one could contaminate the next, so they are not exposed to the “scent of death” the way non-kosher culls are)
Halal – animals watch other animals die during the blood letting festival, smelling their fear and raising their own stress. These stress chemicals “marinate” the meat in hormones known to raise levels of aggression and violence in nearly all mammal species (including human).
Kosher – requires cooking the cleanly drained meat completely, cooking any remaining stress chemicals into oblivion.
Halal – allows for a surprising range of cooking methods, including even some “tar tar” dishes (raw or nearly raw), allowing for the spread of disease and chemicals and hormones that were not removed by the idiotic slow bloodletting practice and half-measure cooking.
Kosher – the spinal cord is sectioned thus cutting off pain to the brain. Therefore, no suffering or terror.
Halal – spinal cord left intact.
There are only 5.3 million Jews in the U.S., but kosher food is a $12.5 billion market. It’s also a crowded one, with 16,000 companies selling certified-kosher products. As for Muslims, a recent Pew Report put their U.S. population at 2.6 million in 2010 but projects that number jumping to 6.2 million by 2030.
Of course, for a brand with Saffron Road’s ambitions, making a hit with Muslim shoppers isn’t enough. In the kosher food market, for example, about 75 percent of sales comes from non-Jews-many of them Muslims-who buy kosher for reasons including health and safety, taste, or flavor, and the belief that the products are made under stricter guidelines than are other products. (Readers of a certain age may remember Hebrew National’s successful 1970s “We Answer to a Higher Authority” TV ad campaign.) The Saffron Road name-an allusion to the Silk Road, the ancient trading route that connected the Middle East, India, and China-was chosen to be broadly appealing.
And each box is graffitied with half a dozen or so seals of approval: certified humane,(Humane in Islam is not the same as humane to everybody else. See video below)antibiotic free, gluten free. Although halal certification (from the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) may be the draw for a Muslim shopper, a non-Muslim looking for frozen Thai or Indian food might choose Saffron Road because it’s the only certified-humane and antibiotic-free option in the grocery freezer. (And they would be buying into a fraud)
American Halal had retail sales of more than $4 million in 2011, driven largely by Whole Foods. But with new products on the way and distribution in more supermarket chains-including Publix, Wegmans, and Kroger-Durrani forecasts sales hitting $50 million within five years.
The video here shows the kind of suffering Muslims cause animals they slaughter:
Every year, in Britain alone, millions of animals are slaughtered according to the religious practices of halal and kosher. In 2003, before statistics were no longer kept, 114 million animals were killed under halal methods, and 2.1 million were killed under kosher methods in Britain.
One form of this method of religious slaughter, where an animal’s throat is slit without any prior stunning, causes incredible suffering to animals and has no place in a civilized country. And according to English law, slaughter without stunning the animal first doesn’t have any place in our country, it is illegal, unless you’re Muslim or Jewish, in which case the normal rules don’t apply to you.
It becomes obvious that Halal slaughter produces more meat than is necessary to fulfill the needs of the Muslim population of the UK,that is without taking into consideration the additional large quantities that are imported.
On the other hand Kosher slaughter appears to cater by producing sufficient for the needs of Jewish communities ,without the need to feed the excess into the general food chain.
Moreover Halal is put on supermarket shelves bearing nothing,generally,to identify it as being Halal.