Algeria: Meat from India is 'pagan' - 05 August 2010

A controversial Algerian sheik has published a religious prohibition of the consumption of meat imported from India on the grounds that the animal was slaughtered by pagans, rather than by methods prescribed by Islam.

In Shamseddin Bouroubi's fatwa announced on Wednesday warning Algerians that eating Indian meat is strictly forbidden since the animals were most likely not slaughtered using Islamic ritual slaughter known as halal, Arab-language news channel Al-Arabiya reported on its site on Thursday.

"The consumption of meat whose method of slaughter is not known is prohibited,” the fatwa said.

Eating Indian meat would be prohibited even if halal is respected because it was probably carried out by non-Muslims, Bouroubi said in his fatwa published by newspaper al-Fadjr. (...)