Friday, April 18, 2014

Neighbours ‘at end of tether’ as extended hours for Cambridge mosque approved

Muslims have been given planning permission to run education classes at weekends in Cambridge’s main mosque, despite neighbours claiming they are “at the end of their tether” with parking chaos.
One resident claimed parents were “aggressive” when they were asked to move their cars on from streets around the Mawson Road mosque, but councillors ruled it was not the planning system’s role to tackle these problems.
The east area committee granted retrospective consent for the mosque to hold a madrasa from 10am to 1.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
This follows last year’s decision to give permission until 2015 for continued use of an extension which increases the capacity of the mosque to about 500.
That decision limited educational activities to times of worship, on Fridays and during Ramadan, but the latest meeting heard there was no space for schooling while prayer was going on and therefore this had taken place at weekends instead.
Dr Corinne Duhig, vice-chairman of the Glisson Road/Tenison Road Area Residents’ Association, said neighbours supported the madrasa and welcomed a new liaison group but added parking problems were not being tackled quickly enough.
She told the packed meeting: “We are having a repeat of noise, fumes, traffic snarl-ups, inability for residents to actually access their own homes while cars are parked outside and aggression directed at people who are asking the cars to move on.
“This is something that has absolutely got to be addressed and put right because the neighbours are at the end of their tether.”
Mohammed Mahmood, from the mosque committee, said Cambridge’s Muslim community had grown hugely in recent years but that attempts to find larger premises were yet to come to fruition.
He said: “This place we have overgrown for a long time and we feel how the neighbours feel, we share their difficulties. There is no intention of anybody to be a nuisance.”
Mr Mahmood said the mosque was making major efforts to tackle illegal parking, deploying stewards, distributing leaflets and issuing posters.
But he said the madrasa’s work must continue, saying: “Our children must come to the mosque and learn how to behave and how to respect each other. The majority of people are well behaved, only one or two are not, and there are bad apples in every society.”
The council regards use of the mosque extension as a ‘stop-gap’ until a £17.5 million mosque is built on the former Robert Sayle warehouse site in Mill Road.
Cllr Sarah Brown, who represents Petersfield, said: “It’s difficult in a crowded area to balance needs, particularly when we have a residential street next to a religious facility being used for teaching and people are coming and going. It’s a crowded area and I can see tempers flare.
“Planning and enforcement are different issues and issues of parking inappropriately and conflict are not issues that a planning committee can deal with.
“They are issues that anti-social behaviour teams and police can deal with so, while I do sympathise with the points raised by the objectors on planning grounds, on planning grounds – as far as I can see – this should be approved.”
The application was approved unanimously. One objection had claimed the madrasa would “encourage extremism”, a report to councillors said.


Muslim extremists and hate preachers who promote militant and political islam
iERA is short for The Islamic Education and Research Academy who are based in London. But don’t let respectable sounding name fool you because they are anything but a respectable outfit. The Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) is an Islamist organisation which tours hate preachers around Britain. It is an extreme Salaļ¬st group, which largely focuses on dawah (proselytizing or preaching). Recently, its speakers have been banned from venues such as the University Conference London, Arsenal football stadium and the Sheraton Centre Hotel. Its speakers and advisors have a history of voicing support for terror groups and preaching hatred againstminorities.Three iERA speakers have been banned from entering Britain:
Bilal Philips, described by the US an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 al-Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center;
Zakir Naik, banned from the UK for saying that “every Muslim should be a terrorist;” he is the owner of Islamic Tv channel Peace TV who were recently in trouble with Ofcom for their programs radical views 
Hussein Yee, who openly preaches hatred against Jews, and claims that Jews in America were ‘happy’ when the Twin Towers fell. 
Dawah is to push Islam in daily life. Spreading the word of Islam to people such as non practising Muslims hoping they will become active Islamists or non Muslims to try and get them to convert. Its a more sinister equivalent of say a Christian Missonary or Jehovahs Witnesses knocking on your door only its political Islam they want you to embrace. Modern Dawah movements are varied in their objectives and activities. Other examples of groups who claim to be Dawah movements are Jamaat-e-Islami, The Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb ut-Tahrir, and Tablighi Jamaat. All of whom have been associated with past controversy, promoting militant Islam and having terror links. In short they are all Islamofascists who’s aim is for Islam to dominate the world by whatever means possible.
In 2012 their yearly budget was £850,000 funded by donations and money raised at its events.  In iERA, they currently have 18 Islamic speakers as permanent staff in the UK. Based on a ratio of income/ expenditure of their budget for 2012, they spend 47% on Islamic speakers. The average salary works out to £22,033 gross perannum.It also provides an Islamic speaker agency providing hate preachers to Mosques and events which will bump up the £22k salaries of their full time hate preachers with speakers fees . iREA is a registered charity and linked to various umbrella LTD company’s and charities sharing the same trustees / directors who’s finance’s seem intertwined providing paid services to each other.
Abdurraheem Green is one of the iERA’s most prominent speakers.Stand for Peace considers him to be an anti-Semitic, anti-homosexual demagogue and an apologist for terrorism.Green does not attempt to hide his hatred of Jews. In one video, Green has said,
“Why don’t you take the Yahudi [Jew] over there, far away, so his stench doesn’t disturb us, okay?”
He recommends death to be a “suitable” punishment for adultery and homosexuality:
“Such crimes thus need suitable and effective punishments that act as a sever 
warning to others. A public crime deserves a public punishment. Adultery is 
punishable by death, and a slow and painful death by stoning. All of this also 
goes some way to help understand way acts of homosexuality are similarly 
treated so harshly.”
According to Islamist hate spewer Green, its ok for a man beating women, in order to “bring them to goodness”. He has extremely hateful views on the kafir non-Muslims, describing them as “evil” and their schools as “sewers” . He has openly stated support for the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. In a newspaper interview he claimed
“permanent state of war exists between the people of Islam and the people who opposed Islam”
Hamza Tzortzis, a convert to Islam from a Greek “humanist-spiritualist” upbringing, styles himself as an “intellectual activist”. He has been lecturing on university campuses on such topics as “Islamic Law – Barbaric or Misunderstood?” and “The Miracle of the Qur’an”.  Tzortzis wants to criminalise homosexuality, and equates it with paedophilia and cannibalism. He is an Islamonazi who opposes free speech, democracy and openly states his desire for a world of political Islam under Sharia Law.
“We as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even the idea of freedom. We see under the Khilafa (caliphate), when people used to engage in a positive way, this idea of freedom was redundant, it was unnecessary, because the society understood under the education system of the Khilafa state, and under the political framework of Islam, that people  must engage with each other in a positive and productive way to produce results, as the Qur’an says, to get to know one another. Whereas in this society, what they call debate and positive discourse is printing cartoons.”
Tzortzis was linked to Islamic terrorism when previously he was a trustee of Green Crescent, a British charity placed under investigation by the Charity Commission for links with Islamist terrorism. He resigned his trusteeship after Green Crescent’s head, Faisal Mostafa, was arrested and charged with terrorism offences in Bangladesh following the discovery of arms caches at a school run by them. He was also involved with Islamic extremists  Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
Yusuf Chambers: Chambers has previously stated that homosexuality is something that “is bad for you”.Chambers has also stated that Sharia law should be implemented in the United Kingdom and has called for the ‘stoning to death’ of adulterers.
Abdullah Hakim Quick:  Another renowned Jew hater who has called for homosexuals to be killed as it states in Shariah law. Quick called for Muslims to cleanse the lands of the filthy kafir. He fell foul of New Zealand authorities with anti gay aids related TV broadcasts.
Jalal Ibn Saeed is an American lecturer who has been resident in the UK since the early 1990s. He is a regular speaker on the university Islamic society and Islamic centre lecture circuit. He is closely associated with the Islamist-front group IERA. Saeed has made anti-semitic statements in the past and also voiced his support for the Taliban

Guilty: Man who beheaded his teenage girlfriend with a kitchen knife while she was still alive is jailed for life

A man who beheaded his teenage girlfriend with a kitchen knife before stabbing himself has been jailed for life.
Aras Hussein, 21, attacked Reema Ramzan, 18, with the blade while she was still alive before plunging it into his own chest in his flat in Sheffield. 

Sentencing him to life, with a minimum of 20 years in jail, Justice Laura Cox said his motive for the attack was 'unclear and may never be known'.

After the attack, he was seen on the street by a neighbour, naked, holding a wad of money and a passport, and covered in blood.

Miss Ramzan was studying health and social care and lived with her family who disapproved of her relationship with Hussein
Aras Hussein has been sentenced to life in jail and must serve a minimum of 20 years
The body of Miss Ramzan, left, was found in the kitchen of Iraqi-born Hussein's, right, flat on June 4 last year

The killer admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denied murder. 

However, he was found guilty of murder at Sheffield Crown Court.

The body of Miss Ramzan was found in the kitchen of Iraqi-born Hussein's flat on June 4 last year. 
Mrs Justice Cox said Hussein had used 'severe and sustained' force to decapitate Reema in a 'chilling and brutal' attack.

Reema Ramzan was described as 'not just a beautiful girl to look at, she was a beautiful girl inside'
Reema Ramzan was described as 'not just a beautiful girl to look at, she was a beautiful girl inside'
She said: 'The pathological evidence indicated that she was likely to be alive while decapitation was taking place although at some stage, mercifully, she would have lost consciousness.

'The pain, terror, anguish and desperation she would therefore have suffered, as you inflicted these appalling injuries upon her and ended her life, is truly horrifying to contemplate.

'Why you did this to a young woman who was your girlfriend is unclear and may never be known.'

The court previously heard that Miss Ramzan had arrived at Hussein’s flat in Sheffield at approximately 2.30pm and had brought with her around £5,000 in cash, as well as her passport and a substantial amount of Iraqi currency.

The jury was told Miss Ramzan did not tell her family she was going to meet Hussein and it was not clear what her intentions had been prior to her death.

Mrs Justice Cox: 'While you were both in the flat you stabbed [Reema] in the chest and decapitated her, in what was clearly a chilling and brutal attack.'

After the attack, Hussein took off his clothes, stabbed himself and wandered into the street. The court how he approached a member of the public - who was waiting for a friend near Hussein’s block of flats - and asked him to take him to hospital.

The man refused, but alerted emergency services who arrived minutes later. The court heard that when the defendant got back to the flat he also called the police and was still naked when they arrived.

Prosecutor Graham Reeds QC said a neighbour of Hussein's heard a woman 'screaming for dear life' that afternoon, and that the defendant told emergency workers who came to his aid: 'I don't know why I did it.'
He said Hussein told the paramedics: 'She liked me but I raped her. What I did was wrong. I need punishing for it.'

    And he told them: 'Why are you helping me? I've murdered someone.'

    Miss Ramzan was studying health and social care at Sheffield City College and lived in Darnall, Sheffield with her family who, the court was told, disapproved of the couple's relationship.

    During the trial, the jury heard how on one occasion Hussein had threatened to show the victim's family sexual pictures he had taken of her if she broke up with him.

    Mr Reeds outlined another incident when Miss Ramzan's brother Sohail argued with the defendant after spotting red marks around his sister's neck.

    Hussein's lawyers said he was suffering from diminished responsibility at the time of the attack due to schizophrenia, but the jury rejected this.

    Miss Ramzan's family said after the verdict: 'Words cannot describe the pain we feel not having her here.

    'Reema was not just a beautiful girl to look at, she was a beautiful girl inside; so kind and helpful, she was always smiling and we loved her so much.

     We couldn't have wished for a more loving and caring daughter and sister.'

    After the attack, Hussein took off his clothes and stabbed himself in the chest before wandering onto the street

    Detective superintendent Phil Etheridge of South Yorkshire Police, who investigated the case, said: 'This is an incredibly sad and heartbreaking case and my deepest sympathies are with Reema's family and friends.

    'Reema was a kind and considerate young woman who had a bright and promising future to look forward to. Regrettably, her life was taken far too soon and in such tragic circumstances.

    'This has been a difficult investigation however I am satisfied with the verdict today and I hope it provides some form of closure for Reema's family.'

    Teachers call for Muslim pupils to be allowed to use Ramadan as grounds of appeal against poor exam results

    Teachers are calling for GCSEs and A-level exams to be scheduled in the morning to help Muslim students who are fasting during Ramadan, it emerged today. 

    Hundreds of thousands of pupils across Britain could be forced to take 'large entry' tests, such as maths and English, before 12pm under a radical shake-up.

    School exam boards and universities are considering the move over the next five years, when the religious period of Ramadan progressively clashes with the exam season in June.
    The holy period in the Islamic calendar requires Muslims to fast during daylight hours - meaning they will be at their hungriest towards the end of the day. 

    This will inevitably cause students to struggle and lose marks during their summer exams, the Association of Teachers (ATL) annual conference in Manchester heard.

      Barry Lingard, who is on the ATL executive committee, said the union had been discussing the issue with the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents exam boards, and a number of Muslim organisations.


      Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which strict fasting is observed by Muslims in daylight hours. 
      Most also abstain from other physical needs and bad habits - including drinking, smoking and having sex - from sunrise to sunset. 
      Fasting is intended to help teach Muslims self-discipline, humility and patience.
      It also reminds them of the suffering of the poor and allows them to focus their attention on God. 
      During the holy month, many Muslims will also attend special services in Mosques, during which the Qur'an is read.
      He said it was 'highly unlikely' that exam boards will change summer timetables - but added: 'JCQ have said that they will work collaboratively on a timetable with Muslim groups to review whether a balance of morning and afternoon slots for large entry exams is more appropriate, or just morning slots.'

      It is thought that this could mean that schools would be forced to schedule GCSE and A-level exams taken by large numbers of students, including maths and English, in the morning only. 

      Abdul Choudhury, an ATL member from Tower Hamlets, London, said Ramadan will have 'quite an effect on a number of schools across our country' compared to the last time it fell during exams season, around 25 years ago.

      'We have quite a significant number of Muslim students and I have no doubt whatsoever that standards will be affected by this,' he said.

      'We work so hard as teachers to try and get just that one mark, that two marks, and if kids - 16-year-olds, 18-year-olds, even university students - are going into exams without any water, and food, it will have an effect on their overall results.'

      Delegates passed the resolution, which called on the union to raise awareness of the potential impact of Ramadan on Muslim students' education.

      Michael Turner, JCQ director, said: 'We are consulting on the exams timetable for 2015 and we will be looking at the impact of Ramadan on that timetable.'

      Monday, April 14, 2014

      Tony Blair's Handpicked Muslim Charities Linked to Terror...

      Tony Blair's religious charity has links to an Islamic extremist group being investigated by MI5 and MI6, it has been alleged.

      It has been claimed that two Muslim leaders, who have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, are advising The Tony Blair Faith Foundation. 

      The organisation has been declared a terrorist group in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and could be banned in Britain, despite insisting they do not have links to extremist factions. 

      Extremist links: Tony Blair, who set up the religious charity in 2008, has been accused of taking on controversial Muslim advisers
      Extremist links: Tony Blair, who set up the religious charity in 2008, has been accused of taking on controversial Muslim advisers

      The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, which has been looking into the group for 13 years, revealed that Dr Ismail Khudr Al-Shatti, an adviser to the Kuwaiti government and a member of Mr Blair’s advisory council, is a leading member of the Kuwaiti branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM).

        He is said to have told a crowd of Kuwaitis protesting over Palestine: 'Israel is an evil, and we can never live with evil,' according to a news agency report in 2000.

        In 1995, it was reported in America that a Palestinian terrorist group wrote to him requesting funds.

        Another Islamic adviser to Mr Blair is Mustafa Ceric, a Bosnian Muslim cleric who has made controversial statements about Islam in the Balkan states. 

        The former Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina has been linked to the the global Muslim Brotherhood through his membership of the European Council for Fatwa and Research. 

        Controversial: Another Islamic adviser to Mr Blair is Mustafa Ceric, a Bosnian Muslim cleric who has made controversial statements about Islam in the Balkan states
        Controversial: Another Islamic adviser to Mr Blair is Mustafa Ceric, a Bosnian Muslim cleric who has made controversial statements about Islam in the Balkan states

        The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch says Mr Blair’s links to the Brotherhood through the men threatened to overshadow the charity's work. 

        Steven Merley, a US investigator of extremist movements, who runs Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, told The Sunday Telegraph: 'Many groups don’t call themselves Muslim Brotherhood but they are linked to what I call the 'Global Muslim Brotherhood’.

        'These individuals have fooled a lot of politicians, like Blair, who should know better. The very presence of people like Shatti and Ceric in the same room as him is a judgment on Blair.'

        The Muslim Brotherhood denies being an extremist organisation, and has asked Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, to help defend them. 

        It has even threatened legal action against people who try to restrict their activities. 

        David Cameron has asked the British intelligence agencies to investigate the Islamic group, after they opened an international office about a disused kebab shop in Cricklewood, London.

        After news of the inquiry into the activities emerged, it was revealed the group is moving its headquarters from London to Austria. 

        A spokesman for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation told the paper they were 'grateful' for the work done by the pair and described them as 'great supporters of the foundation'. 

        The oragnisation said they were not aware of the men's alleged links.

        Report: 10,000 British Girls Victimized by Sex Gangs...

        Under pressure from political correctness, authorities have allowed Muslim pedophile gangs in the United Kingdom to groom underage girls for sexual abuse for decades, victimizing as many as 10,000 schoolgirls, according to a report by an organization calling for an investigation.
        “What we believe is required is a full-scale public inquiry,” the Law and Freedom Foundation said in the conclusion of its 300-plus page report, “Easy Meat: Multiculturalism, Islam and Child Sex Slavery.”
        The group said the public inquiry “must look into the failures of national agencies, child-care charities, and academics to study this problem.”
        “The inquiry must look into what police forces knew and when they knew these things. Is it true that Lancashire police knew about grooming gang activities in the 1970s? How much information did they have, and how credible was it? Why has the problem of the grooming of Sikh girls by these gangs been kept off the national agenda from 1988 to 2013? Did Islamic fundamentalist organizations encourage Muslim men to go out and deceive and groom non-Muslim women?”
        The foundation said its report examines the grooming gangs activities, the connection to Islam and the scale of the problem.
        The report says that 20 years ago, child-care professionals dealing with the victims made recommendations that could have protected the victims, but the steps have never been implemented.
        The report, authored by Peter McLoughlin, says all sexual abuse of children is horrible, but the “phenomenon of gangs of men who loiter with impunity around schoolgirls, luring them into a life of addiction and prostitution is a distinct category of child sexual abuse, but a category that the authorities in Britain have deliberately ignored for 25 years.”
        The report says the Muslim community has refused to condemn the crimes and to inform police that they were going on.
        “Political correctness would be used to make sure that people did not speak about this phenomenon, enabling the perpetrators free rein to sexually abuse schoolgirls for decades. Yes, decades. We know that in an age where parents are not allowed to smack their children, this sounds unbelievable,” the report says.
        Even though some details have appeared in reports over the last year or two, the full extent of the problem is stunning, the report says.
        “In England, this epidemic of child-rape by grooming gangs has been going on since at least 1988,” it says. “Despite more than a decade of disinformation by child-care professionals, academics, and political activists, the earliest claims (1988 to 2003) were that the gangs were overwhelmingly Muslim. This massive over-representation of Muslim men in this crime spree has been borne out by the prosecutions of the last three to four years, but it is clear that it must have been known long ago and should have been made public.
        “Because the predators were Muslims, the agencies who are responsible for child-protection have almost entirely failed in their job to protect vulnerable children. From a fear of being called ‘racist,’ police forces across the country have buried the evidence,” the report says.
        The organization believes its analysis “will show that there are indeed prima facie reasons for considering Islamic doctrine to be at the root of this problem, both in Britain and in the Netherlands.”
        Schoolgirls are lured by money and presents, flattered by compliments and by being taken into a world of adults.
        The girls then are introduced to drugs and alcohol.
        “And one she is manipulated into considering the initial, alluring youth as her ‘boyfriend,’ she will be persuaded/coerced into having sex with his relatives/friends,” the report says. “From there it is a downward spiral of rape and prostitution, often with the schoolgirl suffering severe mental and physical pain, even torture.”
        The girls stay because of threats that their homes will be bombed or their mothers will be gang-raped or worse.
        The report cites a counselor who told of a girl who had her tongue nailed to a table when she told a grooming gang that she would go to the police.
        The pimps often end up making more than $1,000 a day from the girls they prostitute, the report says, or up to about $300,000 a year.
        Many of the victims, for a time, were Sikh girls, and it was alleged police knew but did nothing, so Sikh men took the law into their own hands.
        “The convicted men were Muslim, the girl was Sikh, and some of the abuse had indeed taken place at the restaurant the Sikhs attacked,” the report says. “Furthermore, if the police did know about the crimes, it is clear that nothing was being done about this, before the Sikhs attacked the restaurant: the predatory Muslim men were only prosecuted once the Sikhs had drawn attention to these crimes by taking the law into their own hands.”
        In fact, Sikhs were prosecuted for trying to stop the Muslim grooming gangs.
        However, there is no sign that the police, the media or the child-care professionals took any notice of the Sikh’s allegations of sex slavery, the report says.
        The report also said it has not been revealed where there was “one case where it was non-Muslim men grooming Muslim girls” … despite the fact 95 percent of men in Britain are not Muslims.
        The report traces the gangs to Islamic doctrine, stating that not only “are Muslim men permitted legally and morally to rape their slaves, but they are also forgiven if they turn a slave girl into a prostitute,” citing the Quran, which says “do not compel your slave girls to prostitution, when they desire to keep chaste, in order to seek the frail goods of this world’s life; and whoever compels them, then surely after their compulsion Allah is forgiving, merciful.”
        The report concludes it’s clear that “these kind of Islamic views easily lend themselves to Muslim men seeing women as objects, to be controlled and dominated by men.”
        “It would lead them to believe that if some non-Muslim woman within their control could be prostituted, there would be no moral or legal consequences for them within an Islamic worldview,” the report says.
        It notes that over the last five decades,  the Muslim population of the U.K. has on averaged doubled every 10 years.
        “Assuming that nothing happens to deter Muslims from committing this form of crime (and remember, it is very lucrative and there is a 25 year history of most of the perpetrators escaping justice), then every decade we can assume that the number of grooming gangs will be double the number of the previous decade.”
        According to the Gatestone Institute, the report was “meticulously documented” and warned that it makes clear the “massive over-representation of Muslim men in this crime spree.”

        Terror group Muslim Brotherhood flees London for Austria

        Controversial radical Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood is moving its headquarters from London to Austria in an apparent attempt to avoid an inquiry into its activities set up by the Prime Minister.

        Gee, it was just last year that David Cameron warmly welcomed Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi as president of Egypt
        Gee, and it was just last year that David Cameron warmly welcomed Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi as president of Egypt

        The terrorist outfit was expelled from Egypt following last year’s coup there. It recently opened a new international office above a disused kebab shop in Cricklewood, northwest London.

        But this weekend, sources said it had decided to transfer its base to Graz, Austria’s second city, after David Cameron announced a joint MI5 and MI6 investigation into its membership.

        The group is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain. Last month, Mr Cameron said that it was important to establish what the group’s

        An update on this story. “Muslim Brotherhood not leaving U.K. for Austria: leader,” by Islam Mosaad for theAnadolu News Agency

        Horror at halal slaughterhouse: Shocking undercover film shows the 'needless suffering' of livestock that are butchered without being stunned first

        Knife poised at the throat of a helpless sheep, this is the moment a slaughterman cuts the throat of a fully conscious animal.

        Our exclusive pictures reveal for the first time the full horror of a religious practice that Britain’s top vet wants outlawed.

        Undercover Mail on Sunday investigators secretly filmed inside a halal abattoir as more than 100 sheep appeared to writhe in agony after being ritually killed.

        Step one: The animals are immobilised but not stunned, so they are still aware of their surroundings
        Step one: The animals are immobilised but not stunned, so they are still aware of their surroundings
        Step two: The sheep are moved on a conveyor belt to slaughter
        Step two: The sheep are moved on a conveyor belt to slaughter
        Step three: They are still fighting for their lives, even after having their throats cut
        Step three: They are still fighting for their lives, even after having their throats cut
        Step 4: Even when strung up. A leading vet has called for the practice of unstunned killing to be banned
        Step 4: Even when strung up. A leading vet has called for the practice of unstunned killing to be banned

        They were placed onto a conveyer belt with their legs tethered before the knife was drawn swiftly across their throats.

        In the seconds after the sudden cut, the sheep strained to raise their heads as blood poured from their wounds. They then twitched and convulsed as they were hoisted by their hind legs on metal hooks to drain their bodies of blood. 

        In non-halal abattoirs, livestock are stunned before killing to prevent unnecessary suffering. Some halal abattoirs also practise pre-stunning.

         But the animals we saw at this abattoir were fully conscious when slaughtered – a practice campaigners say is inhumane and needlessly cruel.

         Killing an animal without prior stunning is illegal in Britain, but the law gives special exemption to Muslim and Jewish meat producers on the grounds of religion.

        According to some Islamic scholars, stunning an animal before it is slaughtered for meat is not permitted. There are believed to be about 12 abattoirs dedicated to unstunned slaughterhouses in the UK, and hundreds of abattoirs that do stunned halal slaughter.

        Denmark and Poland have recently banned unstunned ritual slaughter – a precedent animal welfare groups in Britain want the Government to follow. Last night, John Blackwell, the new president-elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), said: ‘We would like to see unstunned slaughter banned in the UK on the grounds of animal welfare.

         There is current scientific evidence which says that animals do feel pain if they are slaughtered without any stunning.’

          However, supporters of ritual slaughter have accused Mr Blackwell and the BVA of ‘inflaming prejudice’. Nadheem Adham, a director at the Halal Monitoring Committee, which certifies unstunned Islamic abattoirs, said: ‘We believe that halal unstunned slaughter is the most humane method of killing, as a swift stroke in the neck by a sharp knife renders the animal insensible to pain.’ 

          Two Mail on Sunday reporters posing as meat buyers visited the Simply Halal abattoir in Banham, Norfolk.

           The abattoir, which is a dedicated slaughterhouse for killing animals without stunning, dispatches about 1,000 sheep and cattle each week. It received £366,000 of taxpayers’ money from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to set up an adjoining plant to pack and store the slaughtered meat. 

          The MoS investigators were given a tour of the abattoir during a dawn slaughter session on Friday morning, before they placed an order for lamb and mutton.

          Simply Halal is among a number of new abattoirs that have sprung up across Britain, providing a rising demand among Britain’s 2.7 million Muslims for meat from animals not stunned during killing.

          Britain’s halal market is now worth £2.6 billion, accounting for 15 per cent of all meat eaten here.

          Latest figures from the Food Standards Agency show that about 32 million chickens, 1.4 million sheep and goats and 70,000 cattle are slaughtered without stunning each year in the UK. 

          John Blackwell, President-elect of British Veterinary Association: 'We'd like to see unstunned slaughter like this banned in the UK'
          John Blackwell, President-elect of British Veterinary Association: 'We'd like to see unstunned slaughter like this banned in the UK'
          Simply Halal, which switches its operations once a week to produce kosher meat for the Jewish market, is run by Roger Carr, 65, who says he has operated abattoirs since he was 15. 

          Although most of his customers are Muslim traders, in an astonishing outburst which was recorded, Mr Carr referred to his customers as ‘Pakis’ and told an undercover reporter of Bangladeshi origin: ‘There’s more bad in your people than there is, erm, well that’s what I found.’

          During the ‘business meeting’ at his shabby office, Mr Carr showed contempt for Asian butchers and  restaurant owners on the famous ‘curry mile’ of Brick Lane in East London. He appeared to say that they will accept even dog meat from suppliers.

          He said: ‘You see the Pakis only want lean sheep, they don’t want no covering on it. They only want 24-26 kilos. Then you got Brick Lane, you can put any shit there, even dogs...’

          He also said that he supplied his meat to mainstream butchers and the supermarket giant Morrisons, whose unsuspecting customers may be eating the meat products without knowing they have come from animals that were not stunned.

           Customers assume that mainstream butchers source their meat from abattoirs where all animals are slaughtered with prior stunning. They also expect that fresh and frozen meat in supermarkets is also from stunned slaughter.

           Some supermarket stores in Asian areas do sell ‘unstunned’ fresh meat, but it is sold at special concession counters.

          But Mr Carr revealed that his Simply Halal frozen meat products are sold in 34 Morrisons stores, alongside conventional frozen meat products.

          A spokesman for Morrisons said: ‘We sell unstunned meat because this is purchased by some Muslim and Jewish customers. It is clearly labelled as halal and it is the responsibility of the brand owner – in this case Simply Halal – to decide how they label their product.’

          After the ‘business meeting’ at Simply Halal, the MoS reporters visited the abattoir, where they filmed more than 20 sheep getting slaughtered. The sheep were dragged from their pen and put on an escalator belt that also restrained their legs.

          Then the abattoir’s Muslim slaughterman cut each animal’s throat as he chanted ‘Allahu Akbar [God is great]’, before dangling them by their legs on metal hooks upside down, as they writhed.
          As the automated hook line took the sheep to another room, they were beheaded by another slaughterman, and fleeced and skinned by other workers.

          Niche market: Simply Halal abbattoir, one of 12 in the UK dedicated to slaughtering animals without stunning
          Niche market: Simply Halal abbattoir, one of 12 in the UK dedicated to slaughtering animals without stunning

          The slaughterman, from Luton, Bedfordshire, said he had been killing animals for the past 25 years. When asked how long it took an animal to die from the cut, he said coldly: ‘25 seconds.’ We showed our footage to Mr Blackwell, who said that it confirmed the latest scientific research on unstunned slaughter, which states that animals like sheep feel excruciating pain for as long as 30 seconds after their throats are cut.

          The vet added that the Simply Halal slaughterman appeared to be breaching some rules set out by the Food Standards Agency, which regulates Britain’s abattoirs.

          Mr Blackwell said: ‘The slaughterman should not have put more than one sheep on the escalator belt ahead of slaughter, so that one animal does not witness the other being killed. Secondly, the slaughterman should have cleaned his knife after each cut as a hygiene rule.

           But he was not doing that.’ The BVA, along with the RSPCA, this weekend renewed its call to have ritual slaughter banned in the UK, and said it plans an e-petition against the practice. 

          Mr Blackwell said: ‘We don’t want religious slaughter banned, but there are ways to meet in the middle, like employing post-cut stuns, which would reduce the pain, and improve animal welfare.’

          He also added that since about 90 per cent of halal meat in the UK is pre-stunned, Muslim leaders should work to increase that figure and bring it closer to 100 per cent.

          The BVA has also asked for better labelling, so that all meat products on supermarket shelves are labelled ‘stunned’ or ‘unstunned’. He said a robust labelling system would prevent unsuspecting customers eating meat which they may feel is ‘unethically produced’.

          Last month, The MoS revealed how left-over unstunned kosher meat is ending up in the mainstream food chain, being sold in supermarkets, ready-made meals and even burgers.

          The European Commission is reviewing current legislation on stunning, and is likely to make a decision by the end of the summer. 

           When the Mail on Sunday contacted Mr Carr for a response, he said his slaughterhouse had not done anything illegal. He said: ‘It’s to do with religion. It’s not cruel at all. We are not doing anything unlawful.’ He denied that he sold his meat to mainstream butcher shops, but did not deny using terms like ‘Paki’ in his conversation.

           He added: ‘What you did is out of order. I have nothing to say to you. You are scum.’

          A spokesman for the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers, who spoke on Mr Carr’s behalf, added that his abattoir complied with all UK laws. 

          A DEFRA spokesman said: ‘Although we would prefer animals to be stunned before slaughter, we respect the rights of Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat in accordance with their beliefs. The Government has no intention of banning religious slaughter.’


          Steaks: For sale in Morrisons
          The Simply Halal abattoir slaughters about 1,000 sheep and cattle each week for the Muslim and Jewish markets.
          However, Roger Carr, owner of Simply Halal, has revealed his meat is also ending up with mainstream butchers, and is sold at 34 stores belonging to supermarket giant Morrisons.
          Mr Carr said he sells the meat to up to three mainstream butchers in the South-East who are selling it on to unsuspecting customers who do not know the animals were not stunned before slaughter.
          Most fresh and frozen meats in supermarkets are sourced from abattoirs which stun before killing.
          But supermarket chains like Tesco and Asda sell some unstunned meat at stores in areas with high Muslim populations in special ‘concession counters’ run by independent companies.
          However, Simply Halal’s range of frozen meat like Hot & Spicy Minute Steaks, Mediterranean Koftas, Beef Kebabs and Beef Meatballs is being sold at Morrisons stores among other Asian foods.
          The labelling on the packs merely states it is ‘halal’, but does not say it comes from unstunned animals.
          Unwitting customers could end up buying the products thinking they are buying meat which is from animals that were stunned, as 90 per cent of halal meat produced in the UK tends to be from stunned slaughter. Only ten per cent of halal meat is not stunned, produced for more strict Muslims who claim sharia law forbids stunning.
          The Mail on Sunday has previously revealed that halal meat from animals who had been stunned before slaughter was being sold in schools, hospitals, pubs and at famous sporting venues such as Ascot and Twickenham.
          All the beef, chicken and lamb sold to fans at Wembley was secretly prepared in accordance with Islamic law, while Cheltenham College was one of several top public schools which also served halal chicken to pupils without informing them.