As per a legal notice in the Circleville Herald, a request has been made to Washington Township to rezone a 5.01 parcel on S.R. 22 East, near Buckeye Station, into a farm and slaughterhouse for halal meat.
The application was filed by Columbus resident, Durga P. Timsina. The request would result in changing the zoning from Rural Residential District to a Rural Business District.
The meeting is scheduled for public hearing at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 at the Washington Township House on Ringgold Southern Road.
What is Halal Meat?
Under both the Muslim method of slaughter, known as Zabiha, and the Jewish practice, known as Shechita, a surgically sharp instrument is used to cut straight through an animal’s throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in its neck killing it instantly.
Under Islamic rules animals can be stunned before the procedure. The vast majority of halal meat comes from animals that were pre-stunned.
Shechita prohibits pre-stunning, with Jewish leaders saying that the act of cutting the animal’s neck renders it “insensible to pain” and has the same effect as mechanical stunning.
Halal meat is killed by hand and must be blessed by the slaughterman. Islam has strict laws on the proper method of slaughtering an animal. One, called dhabihah, requires a swift, deep incision with a sharp knife on the neck that cuts the jugular vein.
For meat to be considered halal the animal must be alive and healthy before it is killed, and all the blood must be drained from the body.