An Islamic State supporter is being investigated after uploading gruesome footage to social media of sheep being slaughtered.
Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga, who founded the so-called Islamic State of Aotearoa, posted the graphic video from a Napier abattoir in New Zealand.
Animal experts raised concerns one of the sheep may not have been properly stunned and been awake when its throat was cut, NZ Herald reported.
The graphic footage was posted online by Islamic State supporter Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga from a New Zealand slaughterhosue
The vision uploaded by Mr Kireka-Whaanga shows one man holding down a seemingly conscious sheep and cutting its throat.
The Ministry of Primary Industries and Mr Kireka-Whaanga’s, employer, Fresh Meat, have both launched investigations into the since-removed clip.
‘I’m really disturbed about seeing the sheep actually move after their throats have been cut… The movement of the sheep raises doubt about whether these sheep are actually unconscious as they are supposed to be,’ Prof Knight said.
Prof Knight said animals must be stunned at a voltage that renders them unconscious but not killed in order to meet halal requirements.
If the stunning is at the wrong voltage, or the time between stunning and slaughtering is too short, the animal may stay awake.
Animal experts have raised concerns one of the sheep may have been awake when its throat was cut.
Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga pledged allegiance to IS and in the past and predicted they will bring an end to Western civilisation
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In 2010, Kireka-Whaang was named as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims by a group in Jordan
The Muslim leader came under fire in 2014 for pledging allegience to IS and predicting the terror group will bring an end to Western civilisation.
‘If you practise your religion then of course you’ll be 100 per cent behind Islamic State,’ he told Stuff .
In 2010, Mr Kireka-Whaanga was named as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims by a group in Jordan.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Kireka-Whaanga for comment.