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The most commonly-eaten meats are that of livestock - cows, sheep and chickens, and they have to be slaughtered by a Muslim while facing the direction of Mekkah, with the name of God mentioned while using a sharp knife to cut the throat and blood vessels of the animal's neck with one quick swipe.
Fish does not need to be slaughtered in this way. In order for a fish to be halal it must have been caught alive and well before being taken out of the water, and it must die outside of the water (through drowning in air). Some Muslims stipulate the type of fish is important and will only eat fish that have scales.
In Islam, animals are only meant to be slaughtered for food and cannot be hunted for game or killed for no good purpose.
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