The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is "disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat".
After covert footage of apparent animal mistreatment was published by activists Animal Aid, Bowood dismissed one worker and suspended three others, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating the case.
However the Sharia Halal Board condemned the behaviour of the slaughtermen and said it was un-Islamic. Senior consultant Saraj Murtaza said: "For the last few weeks all we have seen in the British media is negative criticism of halal meat. Firstly starting with bullying tactics on the issue of non-stun slaughter and now, most recently, the issue of cruelty to animals."