By law any meat that is sold as organic MUST be stunned, if you are told otherwise you need to question this! WE at ZUSS do not believe in stunning all of our meat is hand slaughtered unstunned, where no animal sees any other animals whilst this being done.
BUSINESS MEN CONDONE STUNNING ISLAM DOESN’T
Due to the fact that we are 100% UNSTUNNED we are unable to join any certifying bodies. Please see below Soil Association Standards.
SOIL ASSOCIATION ORGANIC STANDARDS NOVEMBER 2014
42.8 Stunning, killing and slaughtering
42.8.1 Live animals should not be able to see the stunning process. Note – we recognise that some animals are easier to handle and less stressed if stunning occurs in groups. However the law requires that no livestock should witness the sticking/bleeding process.
42.8.2 The stunning process must: x cause instantaneous unconsciousness and insensibility, or x induce unconsciousness without distress, and x maintain unconsciousness until the animal dies.
42.8.3 You must not slaughter animals without pre-stunning.
42.8.4 You must restrain animals effectively for stunning or killing, but you must not: x cause any injury, pain or distress, or x restrain them unless you will be stunning or killing them immediately.
42.8.5 Except for poultry, you must render animals unconscious before shackling and hoisting.
42.8.6 For all the stunning and killing equipment, you must: x have in place an effective cleaning and maintenance schedule based on the manufacturers’ instructions x appoint suitably trained and competent staff to clean and maintain them, and x keep adequate manual back-up or reserve equipment at the point of slaughter ready for use in case of emergency or breakdown.
As our chicks are all from an Organic Source we have decided to introduce Organic Feed, which we have started to phase in (April 2016). What this will mean is that our chickens will be raised exactly as the Organic Standard requires but we will not be able to obtain certification as we will not compromise and stun our animals. Current EU Legislation gives us exception from stunning at the point of slaughter Alhumdullilah.
SUMMARY Religious texts set down traditional methods of slaughter; simply using a knife to kill the animal. The right to continue using these methods is strongly contested between members of the Jewish and Muslim faiths and animal rights activists. Opponents of the practice feel that animals should be stunned before slaughter – standard industry practice worldwide – since this makes them unconscious and reduces the pain as they are cut and bled to death. However, there is no definitive scientific evidence that an animal does not feel pain whilst unconscious. Indeed, a counter argument put forward is that stunning may only stop an animal displaying pain. While the Jews accept absolutely no stunning, some Muslims have accepted it as long as it can be shown that the animal could be returned to normal living consciousness.
EU legislation grants exceptions from stunning for religious groups, so long as animals are well treated. Proper and good treatment of animals is a basic element of both the Jewish and Muslim religious texts. Halal meat (following Muslim practice) is produced in much greater quantities than Kosher meat (Jewish) in the EU. In some countries Halal and Kosher meat production seems to be significantly above the requirements of the respective religious populations; some is exported to other Member States.