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Pauline Hanson has taken senior bureaucrats to task over whether cows are still alive when they're slaughtered under halal certification.

"It has been brought to my attention that under halal certification, these cattle are actually still alive when their throats are slit," the One Nation leader put to agriculture officials during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

A department staffer said all cattle halal slaughtered in Australia are stunned beforehand.

But Senator Hanson said she had been told otherwise.

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