When you kill animals for food, God likes it done in a certain way.
It's one of the many things that the Torah and the Quran agree on. (See here for some others.) And it's an important part of life for Muslims and Jews.
Food that has been prepared according to Muslim dietary laws is called halal, while food consistent with Jewish laws is called kosher. Both have similar requirements when it comes to killing and eating animals.
God's rules for slaughtering animals are so similar, in fact, that some Muslims say that food prepared from animals killed using the Jewish rules (Shechita) is halal, although it seems that most Jews don't consider Dhabiha-killed animals kosher. Whatever. Either method should be sufficiently cruel to satisfy both Yahweh and Allah.
Here are some of the rules that they have in common.
- The animal is killed with a sharp, non-serrated blade that cuts through the carotid arteries, jugular veins, esophagus, and trachea.
- The spinal chord is not cut to insure that the nervous system is undamaged while the animal bleeds to death.
And here are some special requirements for Dhabiha killings.
- Allah's name must be uttered before the slaughter.
- The animal's head must be pointing toward Mecca while its throat is cut.
I'm including some videos for you to watch, if you have the stomach for it, that is. (I couldn't make it through either of them.)
Both forms of religious ritualistic killing should be illegal everywhere. And wherever it is legal, no decent person should support it by eating kosher or halal foods.