NC Slaughterhouse Has “Do It Yourself” Halal Option [Videos]

A slaughterhouse in Clayton, North Carolina has a Halal “do it yourself” option.

Halal meat preparation is that which aligns with Islamic law.

halal-goatThe practice includes slitting the animal’s jugular with a blade while also slicing through the trachea and carotid artery.

This is done usually while reciting an Islamic prayer called the “Bismillah”.

In many cases, the animal in question is stunned before being sliced.

Fair warning, the videos in the tweets below are graphic.


The name of this establishment is A1 Custom Meats.

While horrifying to watch, it’s legal.

Earlier this year, another Halal slaughterhouse in North Carolina was cited by the USDA for the following business practice issues:

Norwood, NC-based Halal Meat Slaughter House and its owner, Zafer R. Kafozi, entered into a consent decision and order with FSIS, calling for business code, ethics training and other measures. The agreement limits Kafozi’s employment capacity and ownership interest. He previously had a felony conviction for conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen goods unrelated to food.

Such facilities seem to becoming more prevalent with the influx of immigrants and refugees over the last decade. Now, one county in the state reports being “overrun”.

Via LifeZette:

Since 1990, North Carolina has seen anywhere from a 200 to 400% increase in refugee placement.

In 1990, adult immigrants were hardly a factor in North Carolina’s Randolph County, making up a little more than 1 percent of all residents 18 and older.

By 2014, the adult immigration population had ballooned 948 percent. The 8,950 foreign-born adults that year were 6.1 percent of the entire county population. That is a 683 percent increase in the immigrant share of the county’s adult population.

Among the U.S. counties with a total population of at least 100,000 in 1990, only one — North Carolina’s Robeson County — had a faster rise in the share of adults born in another country. Arnold Lanier, a county commissioner in Randolph, said the huge influx of foreign residents has strained social services and limited budgets.

“We’re not prepared for them,” he told LifeZette. “We’re being overrun by it.”

One might be surprised to find out that chains like McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and Subway have all gone Halal at one point in the last few years.  Some, however like various McDonalds franchise locations, have not remained Halal after lawsuits with hefty price tags were files.

Note: This article has been updated to correct the location originally cited as Cary to Clayton. Our apologies for that error.

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4 Responses to NC Slaughterhouse Has “Do It Yourself” Halal Option [Videos]

  1. bydesign001 says:

    Ugh! This is despicable. People obviously have no idea what they’re in for. The halal markets are unsanitary, filthy disgusting and you don’t need a hot summer day to catch the whiff of the stench emanating from these markets wafting through the city or town for miles, MILES!

    (Anything over 30 degrees will get you there, really.)

    In 2009:

    Back in 2011

    Even earlier:

    When I was a little girl, I stayed with my grandmother who lived in a Brooklyn tenement above a Kosher poultry market. Remembering the smell until this day, I can tell you that it does not come close to that of halal slaughterhouses.


  2. Rdcress says:

    Just another throwback to ancient and barbaric practices by a antiquated and barbaric form of government masquerading as a religion. While all slaughter houses are pretty barbaric, at least it isn’t being done in the name of some pseudo religion that is really a code of government which stratifies humans in a hierarchy in which men are supreme and women and children, especially female children are barely higher than the goats and sheep.


  3. Kim says:

    Where are the Hollywood/Chapel Hill/Carboro animal activists on this one?


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