Stork Food Systems, a major producer of poultry production machinery, has claimed that gassing poultry is acceptable under halal guidelines and should be used by halal slaughterhouses to deflect misdirected criticism about the "inhumane" way in which animals are slaughtered.
Poultry scientist Dr Simone Prinze claims the gas stunning equipment will soon become mandatory throughout Europe due to new EU regulations. She believes gassing still complies with Halal principles as the gas doesn't kill the animal, it simply stuns them.
Halal Food Authority president Masood Khawaja commented "The question is that whether such a system can be utilised for halal and zabiha slaughter? She showed the video proves that using correct mixture of certain approved gases for the CAS of poultry, the birds would not succumb to the stun, and if these stunned birds are not slaughtered, they would recover. Thus confirming that the process conforms to the Islamic requirement that the birds are alive at the time of slaughter. She stressed the need to view this procedure from a technological as well as a halal perspective, so that it can become evident that its use is not against the covenants of halal and tayyab."