Tehran (IQNA)- The Islamic Economic Research Center of the UAE in an article said: “Although the rules on bushmeat are a bit vague, this global market has high potential given the great fortunes in Europe and the United States. ”.
There are no international standards for halal hunting, but according to “The New Muslim Guide” written by Fahd bin Salem Bahamam, Islamic scholars believe that Muslims can hunt halal animals and birds. However, the new Muslim guide is stricter and states that hunting is only allowed in Islam for food and when necessary. There are also restrictions on weapons. A shotgun must be as sharp as an arrow and the name of God must be mentioned when shooting. If an animal is injured, for example, by a stone or a trap, it must be slaughtered immediately, legally.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the total production of bushmeat in the world in 2020 reached 1,950,395 tonnes. This represents a 25% increase in bushmeat since 2000, with Papua New Guinea being the largest non-Muslim producer, followed by the United States (3.45 million Muslims) and Nigeria (about 100 million Muslims). African countries account for 59.1% of total production (there are approximately 500 million Muslims on the continent), followed by Oceania (22.4%) and Europe (0.7%).
Mustafa Farooq, a researcher at ‘Ag Research Ltd’ – New Zealand’s government institute for livestock science and biological development – said halal hunting is an alternative for Muslims in European countries like Denmark, where animals must be anesthetized before slaughter. . “Halal bushmeat export markets are mainly in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Africa. However, in the biggest producing countries, people hunt on their own,” he said.
Abi Lakhat, Public Relations Manager at SANHA (South Africa’s National Halal Authority) said: “In South Africa, due to climate and land, hunting has developed alongside tourism. Most hunting in the central parts of the country is done at night, in cold climates, and by skilled and trained hunters. On most hunts, snipers are located behind vehicles and sometimes fire from helicopters. The teams go as fast as possible to the animals and slaughter them. SANHA sends supervisors with hunting teams to ensure compliance with Islamic dietary laws. The following steps are usually carried out in slaughterhouses »
Mohammad Hussein Nasim, founder of ‘Onlinemeatshop.com’ in the UK, which is part of the ‘Q. Halal Sabas’, said his company is working to promote halal venison in the UK: Over the past two years we have seen more than 100% growth in sales of halal venison and rabbit, which account for at least 11 -12% of our sales. Our site has 60 private customers and four restaurants that buy halal bushmeat every month.”
For more than two years, the contractor has worked with Muslim hunters operating at government-owned sites in Peters Field, Hampshire, Dunsfold, Surrey and Brintry, and Essex in southern England.
“They don’t use bullets, but arrows, traps or anesthetic mechanisms, and when the animal is injured, it usually takes 20 minutes to find and kill it. This must be done carefully and quickly, as a wounded deer can run wild and attack. This helps reduce deer numbers to a safe level, prevent road accidents, and balance predator-free ecosystems for these large animals. Halal hunting is a good option, 100 kg of beef provides 60 kg of high quality edible meat, while 100 kg of deer can produce 80 kg of high quality edible meat,” he said.