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Newsline 9 May 2014

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‘Halal hysteria’: Religious exemption from animal welfare law is the real issue

‘Halal hysteria’: Religious exemption from animal welfare law is the real issue

Opinion | Thu, 08 May 2014

Food retailers should be upfront about what they're serving up, but the main issue is one of animal welfare, and the religious exemption that allows animals to be slaughtered without being stunned, argues Stephen Evans.

NSS Speaks Out

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood appeared on BBC news and was quoted by BBC online, Belfast Telegraph, Wales online and the Huffington Post challenging the Archbishop of Canterbury over his claims that Britain is a "deeply Christian country" and that church schools are "a very good use of social capital".

Our campaigns manager Stephen Evans also discussed the role of faith in education on BBC Leeds.

Stephen was also quoted calling for an end to non-stun slaughter and better labelling of meat from religious slaughter in The Independent, Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, ITV, and International Business Times. He also discussed the topic on a number of regional BBC radio stations.

Terry Sanderson defended Channel 4's decision to broadcast a Ramadan season of programming in the Daily Mail after it became the most complained about broadcast of Channel 4's output.

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