On meat and poultry products sold by non-Muslims in Europe:

Religious Authority: 
Yusuf al-Qaradawi
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
On meat and poultry products sold by non-Muslims in Europe:

Having examined the various methods of slaughter, many of which consist of various illegal acts which lead to the death of a large proportion of animals, particularly chicken, The Council decided the illegality of consuming the meat of chicken and cows, whilst the meat of lamb, sheep and calves is allowed as the method of slaughtering these in many countries does not contradict the methods decided by the Islamic Shari'a.

The Council hereby recommends to all Muslims that they establish their own slaughter houses so that they may fulfill this important need whilst protecting their religious and cultural identity. The Council also calls upon the Western governments to recognize the religious aspects of Muslims, including enabling them to slaughter according to Islamic Shari'a, similar to other religious communities and groups such as the Jews. The Council also calls upon the Islamic countries to import meat which has been slaughtered according to the Shari'a and which are supervised and administered by the trusted Islamic centers throughout the West.