Meat in the EU may come with a lot more information soon, as labels are being considered to indicate how an animal was slaughtered. The movement started with a push by Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders who called for a label that would signify foods that are halal -- but now animal activists are joining in, too.
Earlier this week, Jewish and Muslim leaders penned a letter to The Telegraph asking for clear labels showing how an animal was killed. They added that animal welfare is a concern, saying that food labels should specify whether an animal has been mechanically stunned before being slaughtered "and whether it has endured repeat stuns if the first attempt was ineffective."
"They should also be told the method of slaughter: captive bolt shooting, gassing, electrocution, drowning, trapping, clubbing or any of the other approved methods."
For animal activists, the issue is about informing consumers of what they are buying.
"It is a fairly neutral issue and the government has previously supported giving consumers choice," David Bowles, the head of public affairs at the RSPCA, told the Guardian, noting that his organization is not involved in the debate between halal and non-halal.