What Is Halal? – for Aug. 19, 2010

Halal is an Islamic concept of spiritual belief, originating from the Holy Qur’an. The word halal is taken to mean permissible, lawful and ritually clean. Specific animal species (pigs, birds of prey carnivorous animals or animals without ears such as lizards are not permitted) are halal only if slaughtered, with a cut to the throat, and the animal is alive, healthy and lucid at the time of death. Shooting, stunning or a blow to the head are not permitted. The animal is blessed before slaughter. A Muslim male who is skilled in slaying and blessing must slaughter the animal.

WHAT IS KOSHER?

Kosher refers to a Jewish law meaning “proper” or “correct.” In order to be qualified as kosher meat, the animal must first be of a kosher species, that is, an animal that chews its cud and has cloven hooves. Only the front hinds of cattle are acceptable for kosher sacrifice and consumption. The animal is slaughtered according to Kosher law, which involves cutting the trachea and esophagus with a sharp, flawless knife. The ritual slaughter in Jewish law, in comparison to Muslims, does not require blessing every animal during slaughter. Instead only one blessing is required to be performed the morning of the slaughter.

The procedure is performed by a Jew, normally a rabbi. – References: Interpoc’sHalal and Kosher Market Study Export Opportunities for The Canadian and U. S. Markets

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