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Demand grows for halal food as industry evolves

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By AYA BATRAWY

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I hope Japan will improve the labeling on their food products to make it more convenient for vegetarians, Muslims, Jews etc. Most of the meat imported from Brazil, USA, Australia, New Zealand is halal anyways. The problem is that local supermarkets take them out of the original packaging to put them in small plastic trays but don't put halal label on it.

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Animal rights activists are starting to protest the 'halal' way of slaughtering the animal whilst it hangs upside down, as an unnecessary cruelty, as opposed to the usual 'humane 'way of killing the animal.

Similar to kosher practices, Islam requires the animal is killed with single slash to the throat while alive. It is intended as a way for animals to die swiftly and minimize their pain.

A visit to a slaughterhouse and observation of the practice will quickly reveal that it is neither swift nor painless.

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