The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to requirements of Islamic law that relate to the humane handling of animals, including at transport and slaughter. By encouraging dialogue between veterinary services and religious authorities, the OIE aims to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare and to reduce animal suffering globally.
Since 2002 the OIE has recognised the need to set international animal welfare standards with the objective of improving not only animal health but also animal welfare, all around the world. Consistent with its mandate, the focus of OIE standards is on international trade.
In many countries there is no veterinary legislation as a