At Mr B's
suggestion, we have added the following background information:
symbol means "halal".
Slightly different forms of it are in use, eg and
Often, such a symbol is used, on a sign or menu, without the word "halal".
However, rival religious groups interpret the Koran differently and
define "halal" differently. See the link below
the BBC website.
When is halal meat not halal meat ?
Some meat labelled as "halal" is from animals which have been humanely killed.
thus: "I do not wish to become involved in any argument over the
interpretation of the Koran. I want a ban on the cruel
of cutting animals' throats whilst they are conscious. In
terms, I want the religious exemptions in the law on slaughter
abolished. I have no objection to the sale of meat labelled
"halal" if it has been produced entirely in accordance with RSPCA
As far as we know, all meat
sold as "kosher" is from inhumanely
MEAT FROM ANIMALS KILLED INHUMANELY, UNDER THE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS,
CAN, ANYWHERE IN THE UK, BE LAWFULLY SOLD TO UNSUSPECTING CUSTOMERS IN APPARENTLY SECULAR SHOPS, RESTAURANTS ETC. It might be halal or kosher meat, or meat (eg rump steak) not classified under
Jewish doctrine as "kosher" but from animals killed by the Jewish
It is open to customers to ask questions.
It is also open to the proprietor of any establishment which
sells animal products to display a notice as follows, if true
of course, subject to planning law:
"All animal products sold in this establishment have been produced
entirely in accordance with RSPCA recommendations."
(Meat etc. produced under the RSPCA Freedom Food Scheme may not
have been produced in accordance with RSPCA recommendations. Hillside
Animal Sanctuary has published evidence of serious neglect on
farms in the Scheme.)
Readers should, of course, bear in mind that a company might own many
establishments, perhaps in many countries and could display such
notices in some of its establishments but not others.
Last updated 13 September 2011