(June 20, 2012 – June 24, 2012) — New York University, NYC, will be hosting a conference titled “Global Gateways and Local Connections: Cities, Agriculture, and the Future of Food Systems,” from June 20, 2012 – June 24th, 2012. Dr. Muhammad M. Chaudry, president, IFANCA, will address the ethical debates that surround halal slaughter on a panel titled ‘”The Ethics of Religious Slaughter: Historical, Scientific, and Religious Perspectives on Kosher and Halal Slaughter.”

“Islamic slaughter practices involve making a swift, deep incision with a sharp knife on the neck, cutting the jugular veins and carotid arteries of both sides together with the trachea and esophagus but leaving the spinal cord intact, resulting in the thorough removal of blood from the carcass,” says Dr. Chaudry.

In a multi-disciplinary approach to enhance an understanding of the issue, other panelists will include food historian Roger Horowitz, who will discuss efforts to ban traditional Jewish slaughter in the U.S.; food scientist Joe Regenstein will explore the scientific analysis of kosher slaughter; and religious studies professor Aaron Gross, in his paper “The Postville Slaughter Scandals and the Question of ‘Religious Slaughter,'” will examine the controversies regarding slaughtering practices at the AgriProcessors meatpacking plant. He will speak to the broader intertwining of religion with Americans’ views on what constitutes ethical and humane animal slaughter.

Register at http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/conference/food_studies.



Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) is one of the world’s leading and well-respected not-for-profit halal certification organizations. Featured in various media such as the Wall Street Journal, Prepared Foods, CNBC, and CNN, IFANCA® has been promoting halal since 1982. IFANCA® was recognized in the “Best Halal Related Service Provider Award” by the Halal Journal at World Halal Forum 2007. IFANCA® certified halal products are recognized by Indonesia (MUI), Malaysia (JAKIM), Singapore (MUIS), and the United Arab Emirates (GSM) and are sold in nearly every country of the world. IFANCA’s halal certification expertise covers all food industry categories. For more information about IFANCA®, visit www.ifanca.org.