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No Access to Grass-fed, Halal Meat in Singapore

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 07, 2012 at 4:18 AM

Hi everyone,

I've trawled the forums for a while now attempting to find an answer to this question.

My challenge is that being Muslim, I eat meat that must be certified halal (or ritually slaughtered). ALthough it is simple enough to find halal meat in supermarkets and at butcher shops at the wet market, the same is not the case for grass-fed halal meat.

Most butchers wouldn't really know how the cattle was raised and in my experience I have yet to find meat that is both certified halal and grass-fed. In fact, same goes for chicken that is both halal and organic.

So far I've been eating conventional meat 2 or 3 times a week because that's the only option that I've had (please don't ask me to give meat up completely - I love it too much!) The rest of the time I'm having halal chicken and seafood.

Is there anyone else who has had this experience? How did you manage to get around it?

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(2923)

on June 18, 2012
at 07:34 AM

@Dags - The Halal and Kosher method of sacrifice is FAR more humane than the stun-bolt method that's standard to the meat-packing industry.

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:01 PM

You can have a grain-fed animal that's not CAFO, and arguably, it could be (and probably is) as healthful as 100% grass-fed animals.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 07, 2012
at 02:28 PM

You are definitely not guaranteed the goats are not CAFO and grain-fed.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 07, 2012
at 01:21 PM

Dags, tell me that scrambling a live animals brain isn't barbaric. I dare you.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 07, 2012
at 12:30 PM

She not he. Sorry Maryam.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 07, 2012
at 12:23 PM

-1 because this isn't a religion board. It's a health and diet board. The OP asked a valid question. He didn't preach or try to convert anyone, just presented the factors he needs to consider in his own situation.

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on June 07, 2012
at 06:59 AM

I think you could find a cow at a farm and have the butcher come to the cow.

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:09 AM

Oh, you already said you ate seafood, hah, sorry, I should've read your post more clearly.

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:08 AM

Neil that was my toned down response to the barbaric treatment of animals by religious cults as well :)

A1a0baccef58499acf9ceb3c874997f2

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on June 07, 2012
at 05:07 AM

Great answer. I'd also ask if you have access to good Halal fish, which will help out that ratio.

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(1365)

on June 07, 2012
at 05:01 AM

@Dags, This was my toned-down atheist response to archaic religious food regulations.

3ed47bb3513ed0b4849e6b492422cadf

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on June 07, 2012
at 04:50 AM

The halal killing of animals without stunning etc is barbaric and should be banned in civilised countries anyway. Have a look at some of the horrible videos of the slaughter of Australian cattle at Indonesian abattoirs that caused our Gov to stop sending them live animals :(

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on June 07, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Not a real problem.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on June 07, 2012
at 04:29 AM

First world problem.

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on June 07, 2012
at 04:54 AM

Not getting grass fed beef doesn't mean your diet is busted. It means that you need to do extra work to balance the 3:6 ratio. If halal meat is accessible, I eat halal meat. If not, I opt for beef with known origin and treatment, and obviously, grass fed is preferred. If not, there are other options. Have you considered goat meat? I somehow carry this (possibly false) believe that goats are tended more naturally than farmed raised bovines. Halal goat meat should be very accessible is S'pore. And if you go with the 'nose to tail' approach of consuming goats, you'll be better off nutrition wise, since the organs are nutrition rich.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 07, 2012
at 02:28 PM

You are definitely not guaranteed the goats are not CAFO and grain-fed.

A1a0baccef58499acf9ceb3c874997f2

(675)

on June 07, 2012
at 05:09 AM

Oh, you already said you ate seafood, hah, sorry, I should've read your post more clearly.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on June 07, 2012
at 03:01 PM

You can have a grain-fed animal that's not CAFO, and arguably, it could be (and probably is) as healthful as 100% grass-fed animals.

A1a0baccef58499acf9ceb3c874997f2

(675)

on June 07, 2012
at 05:07 AM

Great answer. I'd also ask if you have access to good Halal fish, which will help out that ratio.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on June 07, 2012
at 10:58 AM

If your halal meat processors don't know how the animals were raised, that's a problem. Halal isn't just the words said during ritual slaughter, it's a healthy wholesome animal. You might not like the idea of shirking your religious rules, but you certainly could make the argument that more wholesome meat butchered without the ritual is more halal than junk meat butchered with the ritual.

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on November 21, 2012
at 10:44 AM

Salam, I was searching for an answer to your question as I am also a Muslim Singaporean trying to eat Paleo as much as I can. Guess what, I found a supplier of halal grass-fed beef! Check out ZAC Butchery and Deli - they have a website, you can just google it up. Their operations are in Woodlands. excited

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on April 01, 2013
at 07:35 PM

well i would like to mention something here. halal meat is actually meat which is healthy. in the sense that when the animal is slaughtered the way it is in the halal manner,the bad blood from the vein flows out compketely.. and the end is a clean meat free of bad bacteria(from blood)... so yeah ...thats what it is all about..


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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 07, 2012
at 12:27 PM

IMO eating grass fed and pastured is ideal. A lot of people can't do the ideal for many different reasons including money, lack of access and others. Eating meat (even less than ideal) is much better than not eating it.

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on June 07, 2012
at 12:18 PM

You can get grass fed beef at Huber's in Dempsey hill or cold storage. Probably not halal though

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on June 18, 2012
at 06:03 AM

Halal Meat Very Interesting article thanks for sharing with us

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8dbe73235f73c615f20d3d0f34b4852a

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on June 07, 2012
at 04:34 AM

I see two options: 1) Keep your religion and eat bad meat. 2) Get rid of your religion and eat good meat. If meat is halal, how could it possibly be bad for you, though? Why does anything that comes BEFORE the slaughter (in terms of how the animal was treated) matter at all in terms of well-being? If anything besides the slaughter mattered, I'm sure Islam would have a rule for it.

3ed47bb3513ed0b4849e6b492422cadf

(90)

on June 07, 2012
at 04:50 AM

The halal killing of animals without stunning etc is barbaric and should be banned in civilised countries anyway. Have a look at some of the horrible videos of the slaughter of Australian cattle at Indonesian abattoirs that caused our Gov to stop sending them live animals :(

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 07, 2012
at 12:23 PM

-1 because this isn't a religion board. It's a health and diet board. The OP asked a valid question. He didn't preach or try to convert anyone, just presented the factors he needs to consider in his own situation.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on June 07, 2012
at 01:21 PM

Dags, tell me that scrambling a live animals brain isn't barbaric. I dare you.

3ed47bb3513ed0b4849e6b492422cadf

(90)

on June 07, 2012
at 05:08 AM

Neil that was my toned down response to the barbaric treatment of animals by religious cults as well :)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 07, 2012
at 12:30 PM

She not he. Sorry Maryam.

8dbe73235f73c615f20d3d0f34b4852a

(1365)

on June 07, 2012
at 05:01 AM

@Dags, This was my toned-down atheist response to archaic religious food regulations.

Medium avatar

(2923)

on June 18, 2012
at 07:34 AM

@Dags - The Halal and Kosher method of sacrifice is FAR more humane than the stun-bolt method that's standard to the meat-packing industry.

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