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Passion Islam I March 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 7
Farmers to tap into
being opened up as a result of the
Qurbani project.
“Being able to produce animals
for halal meat with confidence that
Halal meat market
high welfare standards will operate
throughout the supply chain, will be
welcomed by livestock farmers.”
West Midlands farmers hope to tap The idea is similar to the National
into the £2.8bn UK halal meat market Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Red Tractor
with a scheme that will check animals scheme, which ensures the welfare
are killed in accordance with Islamic of slaughtered animals, Midlands
law. Today science and environment
The project, which follows a two correspondent David Gregory said.
year trial, will ensure livestock are Farmers signed up to it cannot
killed with a single cut to the throat in use pig manure, GM feeds or alcohol-
a halal abattoir. based cleaners.
About two thirds of halal meat in The NFU said it had been
No explanation
the UK is currently imported. concerned about the welfare of
Farmers also hope to gain a share animals but was reassured they would
from Barclays
of the global halal market which is be stunned first.
worth an estimated £75bn. A machine is used to monitor the
on UWT Account
The scheme, which will begin in animal to make sure it is unconscious
Meanwhile, the Ummah Welfare
March, follows the trial arranged by but not dead when its throat is cut.
Trust (UWT), who had its bank
the regional development agency There are about two million
account closed by Barclays Bank
Advantage West Midlands and Muslims in the UK but an estimated
in January, has still received no
the West Midlands Minority Ethnic six million consumers of halal meat
Business Forum. nationwide.
Mohammed Ahmed, UWT
Sheep farmed in the Midlands Michael Oakes, board member
director said: “We suggested in a
could be sold as halal meat around for rural affairs at Advantage West
meeting with Barclays that it would
the world Midlands, said British Muslims
benefit them to disclose a reason to
The Qurbani Project sourced halal consumed 20% of all red meat sold in
avoid people making assumptions
meat from about 200 animals on the country while making up just 3%
but it is still adamant to maintain
farms in the region and was tested of the population.
the same position.”
during the Muslim festival Eid-ul-Adha Adam Quinney, chairman of the
Meanwhile, the minister for
in December 2008. West Midlands NFU, said: “Beef and
international development, Michael
The animals were slaughtered in a sheep producers in the Midlands
Foster, has written to Labour MP
halal abattoir and then distributed to welcome the opportunity to take
Martin Linton about Interpal and
poor people in Bosnia. advantage of the new markets now
UWT’s banking problems.
Interpal’s US terrorism designation
blamed for Lloyd’s Bank decision
Lloyds TSB has blamed US have no option but to comply with
government economic sanction laws US government economic sanction
for its decision to block Interpal’s bank laws…The US has classified Interpal
account last year. as a Specially Designated Global
It’s the first time that Lloyds, who Terrorist which means that Lloyds
has blocked clearing services for TSB cannot provide any services to
Interpal through its account with the Interpal.”
Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB), has On a separate enquiry, Charity
spoken out on the matter. Commission cleared Interpal of
In a statement to the Islamic funding terrorist organisations.
charity, Lloyds said: “We would like to Interpal, who has been subject to
clarify we have not instructed IBB to a Charity Commission inquiry into its
close Interpal’s accounts, however we work in Palestine, was found to have
have told them that we are not able to maintained clear financial audit trails,
offer clearing services for Interpal. with a personal acknowledgement
“This is because Lloyds TSB, of each orphan supported by the
like many other banks, has dealings charity.
with the United States, and so we
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