The Halal Authority Board (HAB) has written an open letter to the British Veterinary Association (BVA), accusing it of "continuous attacks against the Muslim and Jewish communities".

In response to the BVA president Robin Hargreaves' appeals to UK party leaders to end non-stun slaughter, HAB head of certification Shaykh Tauqir Ishaq wrote in the letter: "Your comments appear to have no bearing on animal welfare issues, rather appear racially or politically motivated."

Shaykh Tauqir Ishaq added: "There is less than 2.1% of the entire meat production being un-stunned compared to 4.8% Muslim population. Additionally, Muslims statistically over-consume on sheep and poultry and under-consume on beef, with zero pig consumption, so any comparisons should take these into account, but they do not."

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