I was going to post this in another thread but I didn't want to hijack it, lol, so I decided to start over here on a subject I've been researching a lot.
We need to be very careful when it comes to the food we consume, because it leaves a footprint not just on our health, but our soul, our actions, the environment, the animals involved.
As Muslims we need to ensure our food is tayyib as well as halal. I've often wondered if just because the meat was slaughtered according to dhahibah requirements is it halal, or is there something beyond ritual slaughter? Halal is used almost synonymously with 'meat' and the way in which is was slaughtered, but it is a term so much more encompassing and meaningful than that.
Okay, I know there is a difference of opinion on this but if we know we can make a change for the better for any living creature, then it will surely be rewarded in'sha'Allah.
Yes, I have a flock of chickens so I'm especially passionate about this - bear with me :D But I always feels that the farm animals such as cows or sheep or chickens are so ignored and unrepresented. Everyone seems to focus on cats or dogs, or wild and exotic birds, and the animals which arguably have much more impact in our lives are regarded as nothing more than a commodity, when they are exactly the same - a living creature.
Take a look at broiler chickens - a 'natural' chicken does not reach slaughter size until there are 6-8 months old at least, and yet broiler chickens have been bred to reach that size in around 6 weeks. They often suffer from horrific health problems and so the chicken we eat produced in this way died as a very sick, unhealthy bird living a miserable life. I know someone who adopted a couple of broilers wanting to give them a good life - they didn't survive beyond eight months despite being allowed to free range and live as a proper chicken - when a healthy chicken can live 6-10 years. :(
This is a very interesting article, definitely read it and see what you all think: