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I own a chicken slaughterhouse, can the birds be machine slaughtered and still be lawful to eat?

I own a slaughterhouse for chicken; can the birds be machine slaughtered and still be lawful to eat?

Answer

Scholars unanimously agree that anything that causes the blood to flow and severs the jugular veins is considered a slaughtering tool except for a fingernail, a toenail, or a tooth which is still attached to the body. Slaughtering an animal with a tooth or nail that is still attached to the body is considered asphyxiation.
Based on this, if the case is indeed as mentioned in the question, i.e. that the birds are machine slaughtered, then this manner of slaughtering is permissible and there is no harm in it.
And God the Almighty knows best.
 

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