I was talking to a young muslim guy at one of our events recently about animal welfare. He told me how disgusted he was at the treatment of animals he witnessed when visiting relatives in Pakistan, I won't go into what he told me.
During the course of the conversation we ended up on the inevitable subject. To stun or not to stun.
This was a decent guy, we agreed on everything until this point. Then it looked as if we were going to fall out.
We debated back and forward for a good half hour until I pulled the scientific data out and showed this to him. He was confused, he claimed that imams at Glasgow mosque had repeatedly assured worshippers that not stunning was the most humane way forward and produced compelling (but ultimately bogus) 'evidence' exposing the evils of the stun.
The guy told me he felt used. Causing animal suffering was unislamic he said. The guy had been cheated out of his right to apply his deeply felt belief that animals should be treated with as much compassion and care as possible.
This incident is typical of the misinformation and self-serving hypocrisy surrounding one of the most important welfare issues of our time.
last Monday MPs debated a motion to outlaw unstunned slaughter at the UK parliament. This was prompted by a petition launched by the British Veterinary Association and the RSPCA which allegedly called for it's end.
Scotland for Animals made the decision to ask our supporters not to sign. I believed at the time that this was a sham and a publicity stunt. I still do.
The motion was undermined by the BVA/ RSPCA's own claims, based on highly dubious foundations, that over 80% of animals slaughtered for halal meat are stunned. They scuppered their own petition and I believe they scuppered this deliberately as they don't actually support a ban.
The usual suspects were wheeled out screeching about 'community relations' and 'racism'. Diane Abbott MP at least had the honesty to admit she wasn't there to discuss facts but how calls for a ban were offending her constituents. Animal welfare seems to be the only issue where evidence is ignored and everything rests on the 'sensitivities' of those benefitting from suffering.
To be honest I'm sick of hearing about 'sensitivities'. Grow up.
I'm also angry when hearing self-appointed 'community leaders' and vote grabbing politicians whine about how offended they are and branding anybody with the audacity to stand up for the right thing as a racist or a bigot.
Sadly animal welfare organisations have joined them in slandering decent people as you can see here. To protect their lucrative careers they would rather sneer and smear than stand by their guns. They're all in it together.
What's just as important in fighting for the rights of animals is fighting any attempt to turn the people who want this against each other. We aren't atheists, muslims, jews, christians, black or white, we're members of one community who have the fibre to want an end to suffering and abuse.
Don't let either side divide us.