On the Yahoo group there has been a discussion last week about kosher slaughter (and to some extent also Halal slaughter). Quite a number of members have particifated in this discussion.

 

Below you find my personal opinion which is not nessesarily the same as Fedfas. But when I read our Code of Ethics, I think it is.

 

Kosher slaughter (Jewish):

The animal is killed without any kind of "anestesia" by having its throat cut and then bleed to death. According to all veterinary experts I have read about this is considered inhumane (not only in UK).

As far as I can see it is also forbidden within the EU and probably in the other European nations too.


After writing this blog I today (July 12th) got a mail from Tomás in Spain telling that bleedning without stunning is allowed in Spain according to directive  93/119/CE . I have read this directive in a little bit of hurry, and I can not find that it discuss killing whithout stunning at all. Bleedning to death only is not an accepted method of killing as far as I can se. Perhaps the fact that this is a Directive and not a Regulation gives Spain the possibility to allow it. I will investigate this matter further when my ordinary contact in Swedish Board of Agriculture comes back fromn holidays.

 

Halal slaughter (Muslim):

The animal is also here killed by a troat cut, but here some form of "anestesia" is allowed before cutting the troat. How it can be anestesised obvisously differs somewhat between countries and different branches of the Muslim religion. You will have to contact local authoroties and local muslim clerks to find out what is allowed and religiosly accepted in your country.

In my country (Sweden) there are forms of Halal slaughter allowed.

 

I would like to quote the first paragraph of our Code of Ethics:

"That I have an obligation to the deer farming industry to promote the highest standards of husbandry and health of the animals under my care, minimise their distress...." 

The underscore comes from this author.

Kosher slaughter does not fit in here, while Halal slaughter would in most cases where it is allowed. 

 

Our first and fundemental obligation is to our deer and their welfare - not to support religious traditions! 

 

Rolf Eriksson

Past president of FEDFA


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Yesterday some wild red deer found our ponnies' winter paddock where the grass now is growing well after beein fertlized and irrigated. Two young stags have just found it.

 

They will surely come back, and then I will try to take som photos of the.

 

Just ten minutes after writing the text above I looked out, and there the were! The photo is obtained from my terrace just outside my entrance door.

 

I feel very priviliged to live in a neighborhood like this, with lots of wild animals. Even if those stags "steel" grass from our ponnies!

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In the evenings, when I am not working on this website, I am trying to film my beavers at one of their locations. Unforunately they are not cooperative! They don't come out until it is almost dark.
Perhaps the female is in the hut giving birth to a new generation of beavers. According to the number of trees they have taken down there must be quite a number of them.

 

Well, one have to be persistant and patient to get them on video.

 

My old beaver video you find here.

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The progress with the new website havs progressed rather well.

We have now managed to get vounteers for the translations:

 

English

Tony Armitage
German Franz Vogelmayer
French ??????
Spanish Tomas Landete-Castillejos 
Dutch Peter Timmerman
Swedish Rolf Eriksson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see we only lack a French translator.

If no frenchspeaking person step forward and volontary translate into French -
Je fais moi-même et personne ne peut le lire!!!

 

Photos have come in från France, Norway, Scotland and UK bit I would like to have many more.

 

I would very much like photos of following persons:

Tomas Landete-Castillejos, HansPeter Daenzer, Peter Timmerman, Didiere Roques-Rogery, Janoz Nagy, Gediminas Vaitiekunas, Leszek Glezer, Andrzej Karwala.

 

I would also be grateful for photos from the meeting in Slovakie 2009 and Switzerland 2010.

 

I also wish to have photos of fallow deer and other farmed deer species farmed in Europe.

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Today we have hade quite a number of occasions where it has been snowing heavily. Lucky enough the snow has al melted bu tonigt! The temperatur was only 1-3 centrigrades.

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This blogtext is only submitted as an example!

 

Yesterday evening I sent an E-mail to Tony A and Franz V and told them how to get acess to this temporary website. I asked them for comments and suggestions and critics.
Already this morning Tony answered with a lot of good suggestions. Thansk for that!

//Rolf

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