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Query about Jhatka Meat by Shooting in Head

Discussion in 'Sikh Sikhi Sikhism' started by Ishna, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Ishna

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    The Pizza thread got me thinking... I recently watched a program here on TV (gee I watch a lot of TV...) where they get lots of people with different opinions and have a guided discussion about a topic. The topic was about meat eating in Australia and we heard the POV from the animal protection people, the vegans, the meat-eating chefs, the one who don't care, and my personal favourite, the "vegetarian" who would eat only kangaroo meat.

    When talking about jhatka, does it mean only eating the flesh of an animal who has had it's head cut off in one fell chop, or does it (logically) extend to other quick and least-painful methods of slaughter?

    For instance: the kangaroo-meat only argument is based on the reasoning that kangaroo slaughter in Australia is when licensed kangaroo shooters get in a ute, drive around properties (usually farming properties for other purposese as kangaroos are not actively farmed in Australia as far as I know), and shoot kangaroos in the head. The shooters are trained to shoot the kangaroo in the head causing instant death and they have to be highly accurate to get a license.

    So the kangaroo is hopping around a paddock eating grass, and without even knowing it cops a bullet to the brain and is dead. It has never known human interference with its life and is killed quickly and we hope painlessly.

    The Akal Takht has said Amritdhari Sikhs can only eat jhatka meat, but is the definition of jhatka stricly that which has had it's head cut off? Is a bullet to the brain good enough, as in the kangaroo argument above?

    I don't see any logical reason not to eat the kangaroo meat (if I was so inclined to eat it).

    This isn't about eating meat or not eating meat, but the method of slaughter, please.

    Apologies if this post is inappropriate.

    Thanks
    Ish
     
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    Re: Query about jhatka meat

    Thank you Kds Ji.
     
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    If I am not not wrong Sikhs are instructed not to eat " Kuttha" or meat slaughtered in Muslim way ( ritualistic slaughter).
    Jhatka is just another form of slaughter which is not ritualistic.
    In my view any form of slaughtering which is not ritualistic is allowed.

    Hope someone more knowledgeable pcomments here and can guide us.
     
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    When you know what hunger feels like,you will eat first and ask questions later.Most of us if left hungry for ten days will eat Halal or even each other!

    The rejection of Halal historically was a way of showing the objection to the forced adoption of another religions values.It had a deeper purpose then but no one is forcing your will now ,so what does it matter either way.
     
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    Yes, but I am not in that situation (thankfully) so I have the ability to think carefully about my food choices.

    Searching Ji

    Good point! Thanks

    Admin: thanks for changing the thread title to something more specific!
     
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    Ishna ji some comments on excellent dialog in this thread.
    Ishna ji I believe we have witnessed great answers with little left to add.

    I believe the key element in addition to quick death aspects is the following,

    Look forward to getting some bricks and bats coming my way :angryyoungsingh:, not really but I stand corrected as always.

    Sat Sri Akal.



     
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    The live export trade from Australia is disgusting and many Australians are now rallying to stop this ridiculous and unnecessarily cruel practice. I'll find some links when I'm back on my PC, or you can search for Australia live exports Indonesia to see the horrifying footage Animals Australia obtained recently of our cattle being tortured in Indonesian abbatoirs because it "makes the meat more tender". Followed by tail breaking, and supposedly "halal" slaughter (I suspect many thoughtful Muslims would not consider their methods strictly halal).

    Just last week an old ship was supposed to take several thousand live sheep to the Middle East (where they're commonly shoved alive into peoples car boots when they don't actually fit), however it didn't get far when it ran into trouble and was stuck. The sheep were trapped aboard for another 10 days before finally being transported locally for some respite. A lot of sheep had already died. For detalis search for sheep export Port Adelaide and you should find recent news stories.

    Oh look, I've taken my own thread off topic again. Naughty Ishna!

    But I guess realistically, the practicalities of animal farming are not so much a Sikh concern as a human one.

    Thanks for the clarification on ritual and sacrificial meat Gyani and Ambarsaria bhajis.

    On a side note... What about other ritual food? Catholic wafer, pagan feast foods? They may not be meat but they have specific ritual meaning.
     
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    Dear Randip ji and spnadmin ji
    I do not know what Kosher means but halal does not mean pure. It means permissible.
    The Quran defines many things as Halal or permissible and Haram or not permissible, not just food.
    On an average and not as per law, most of the animals that Sips their drink are halaal and those who lick the drink are haraam. Similary birds which hold their food in feet are haraam and those who pick their food from their beak are halal.

    Then comes a way of slaughtering them which is halal for Muslims.

    Fish or seafood is considered Halal only if it is caught ALIVE.
     
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    Posts related to Kosher and Halal slaugher are moved to this thread.

    http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/questions-and-answers/36769-what-is-wrong-with-halal-now.html


    Please all kindly return to the main question about jhatka. Does it include shooting in the head? Thanks. :noticekudi: I will also be starting a new thread entitled, The Ritual Consumption of Food and Sikhism, in the Interfaith Dialog section. Some posts here will be moved to that thread.
     
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    If you shoot me in the head and then eat my head is that still considered Jhatka?
     
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    lol Sinner ji,

    It is cannibalism. Which is not mentioned in any rehat that I have read. Your sacrifice, my sin, and depending on my intentions it would, yes, be jhatka.

    I was going to ask a similar question. Is the jhatk a of coconuts at Hazoor Sahib a sacrifice, a ritual? What is it? What category of religious practice does it belong to?
     
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    Dear Spna Admin Ji

    Perhaps if you hit me on the head first with those Cocunuts that would make it Jhatka.
     
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    LOL

    And thank you Admin Ji for sorting out my mess again. :blushhh: Sorry
     
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    You continue to provoke thought about many unexplored facets of Jatkha.
     
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    Dear Spn Admin
    Seriously though humans are mammals ,the rehat says don't eat halal, so are we allowed to eat each other ,as long as we don't do it the halal way, and would that be ok according to SRM.
     
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    Acctually the our rehat says nothing about eating meat killed with a "swift stroke." SRM forbids meat killed in the "muslim" way. To eat jatkha or not is your choice. It is typical of the maryada to give room for individual decision making within few, very few, prohibitions.
     
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    Sinner ji and spnadmin ji great one on one philosophical dialog but just one comment,

    Sat Sri Akal.
     
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    Not to be contentious me being a sinner I don't read Srm much, that would be like trying to educate pork.I did not realise it did not actually prescribe jhatka, but if it says don't eat halal ,by law of deduction it means slaughtered in the swift way and when I read the article by Isna ji asking about what counts as jhatka I assumed it was now a prescribed thing.
     
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    Sinner ji the following in Punjabi,
    Sat Sri Akal.
     
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