In no other country is such brutal cruelty practiced against cattle as in India. India must take the effort to make cow slaughter a legal crime, disregarding the boundaries of the states.
Islam does allow the consumption of meat and animal products, but it accompanies this with a list of strict conditions on how to treat the animals ethically and prevent their suffering as much as possible. It also does not prohibit veganism or consider it a sin. Thus, everyone has the complete freedom to choose a vegan diet and abstain from eating meat.
In this booklet, sponsored by Animal People and endorsed by Al-Azhar University, Dr. Kristen Stilt shows the amazing range of animal welfare and protection required by Islamic law, and asks Muslims to follow the rules of animal welfare that the religion requires.
Sheikh Muhammad Sayed Tantawi’s 2008 fatwa, or Islamic legal ruling, states unequivocally that cruelty to animals during transport or slaughter is haram (forbidden) under Islamic law. Animal People here offers the fatwa as a resource for Muslim practitioners, animal activists, scholars, and the general public.