Three videos all show immense cruelty in halal and kosher slaughter and explain why so many Europeans want to ban all animal slaughter where the animal is not sedated or stunned first. Rabbis would have you believe the proposed bans are anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim in motivation. Many ban supporters deny this claim, but even if anti-Semitism or anti-Islamic feelings are driving the move to ban unstunned animal slaughter, the empirical facts of what commercial unstunned ritual slaughter is are enough reason to consider banning it, as the videos clearly show.
Thisnext video shows a clean and apparently well-run halal slaughterhouse in Argentina. But it shows cattle being slaughtered using the shackle and hoist system, a very cruel method of animal restraint for slaughter that has been banned in the US for cattle slaughter (but not for smaller animals) for a half decade. But just like with halal, many cattle that are kosher slaughtered in South and Central America and shipped frozen to Israel and the US are still slaughtered using shackle and hoist.
This last video is PETA's undercover video made of Agriprocessors glatt kosher slaughterhouse in 2004. Agriprocessors, located in Postville, Iowa and owned by the Chabad hasidic Rubashkin family, was the largest glatt kosher in the world at that time. There are other videos of other kosher and glatt kosher slaughterhouses, including some in Europe and Israel, that also show immense cruelty, and you can find them by searching FailedMessiah.com. But Agriprocessors was the most inhumane of them all – despite the fact that there were 8 to 10 supervising rabbinical organizations for that slaughterhouse, from the very haredi K'hal Adath Yeshurun to the Orthodox Union (OU):