New Peta advert showing atrocities to sheep before slaughter too much for Al-Jazeera

http://www.albawaba.com/en/countries/Qatar/184521

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Group Launches Ad Campaign Showing Why Sheep From Australia Are Not Halal

http://www.peta.org/mc/NewsItem.asp?id=6511
For Immediate Release:
3 June 2005

Contact:
Matt Rice 757-622-7382

Qatar – Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based television network notorious for airing images of mutilated bodies and other horrors of war, has decided not to air a 30-second TV spot from People for the Ethical Treatment (PETA) containing video footage of atrocities committed against Australian sheep who are raised for wool and later shipped alive to the Middle East for slaughter. The footage shows lambs who are partially skinned alive during a procedure called "mulesing," sheep who are repeatedly kicked as they are loaded onto "death ships" and sheep who are dragged and kicked in the head as their throats are slit in full view of other sheep.

The ad includes a narration of the following quote by the late Imam B.A. Hafiz al-Masri of the Shah Jehan Mosque located in Woking, UK:

"If animals have been subjected to cruelties in their breeding, transport, slaughter, or in their general welfare, meat from them is considered impure and unlawful to eat (*haram). The flesh of animals killed by cruel methods (*Al-Muthiah) is carrion (*Al-Mujathamadh). Even if these animals have been slaughtered in the strictest manner, if cruelties were inflicted on them otherwise, their flesh is still forbidden food (haram)".

(* see also Animals in Islam | Islam and Animals | Investigating Halal meat | Halal and Haram | Haram shortlist )

"Mulesing" is a painful mutilation in which Australian farmers use gardening shears to cut skin and flesh from lambs’ backsides – without painkillers – in a crude attempt to reduce maggot infestation, even though humane control methods exist. Millions of Australian sheep are shipped to the Middle East through all weather extremes, mired in their own waste aboard open-decked ships. Many sick and injured sheep are thrown overboard to the sharks or ground up alive in mincing machines.

"Since Australian sheep are haram on the grounds of cruelty to animals, we call on people in the Middle East to consider whether importing live sheep from Australia is in accordance with Islamic law", says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.

PETA is urging Al-Jazeera to reconsider accepting the ad, in order to reach a potential 35 million viewers in the Middle East. The ad is part of PETA’s international campaign calling for a boycott of Australian wool until mulesing and live exports are stopped.

 

 

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Group Urges Retailer to Boycott Australian Wool Until Lamb Mutilations, Live Sheep Exports End

For Immediate Release:
3 June 2005

Contact:
Jodi Ruckley +44 20 7357 9229, ext. 234

Pescara – Mimicking a gruesome procedure used by the Australian wool industry called “mulesing” (live flaying), a PETA Europe member – wearing a giant sheep costume and exposing his “bloody” rump – will lead a protest outside Italian clothing chain Benetton’s store in Pescara on Monday. The action is the latest salvo in PETA Europe’s international campaign against the retail giant over its use of cruelly obtained Australian wool. During the “mulesing” demonstration, led by Australian Jodi Ruckley, 32, from Sydney, demonstrators will encourage consumers to boycott Benetton by holding signs that read “Benetton Is Baaad to Sheep” and handing out leaflets. PETA Europe wants Benetton to ban garments made with Australian wool until mulesing and live sheep exports are ended:

Date: Monday, June 6
Time: 5pm sharp
Place: Benetton, C.so Vittorio Emanuele 212

Mulesing is a painful mutilation in which Australian farmers use gardening shears to cut skin and flesh from lambs’ backsides – without painkillers – in a crude attempt to reduce maggot infestation, even though humane control methods exist. Millions of sheep are shipped to the Middle East through all weather extremes, mired in their own waste aboard open-decked ships. Many sick and injured sheep are thrown overboard to the sharks or ground up alive in mincing machines. When the survivors reach the Middle East, their throats are slit while they are still conscious.

After a year of attempted negotiations with the Australian government to eliminate these atrocities, PETA US declared an international boycott of Australian wool in October 2004 and has already won the positive response of prestigious retailers Abercrombie & Fitch, J.Crew, Timberland, and UK-based mega-chains New Look and George. Benetton, however, has failed to take action to stop the worst abuses of the sheep bred for its garments.

“The ‘united colours’ of Benetton are turning blood red”, says PETA Europe Campaign Coordinator Jodi Ruckley. “If Benetton doesn’t want to have the blood of millions of lambs on its hands, it should refuse to sell clothes made from Australian wool.”

PETA Europe is urging consumers to boycott Benetton until it pledges not to use Australian wool and will bombard Benetton with ads and protests around the world to alert the public to the company’s position.

Ms Ruckley is bringing the international campaign against Benetton to cities throughout the world, including protests in Treviso, Rome and Milan.

 
 
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