Category: Halal Certification linked to female genital mutilation – FGM

Halal Certification – Islamic Sharia by stealth, the $2.1 trillion dollar Islamic industry we are all chipping into

Halal Certification – Islam’s Sharia scheme

Halal Certification – started off with meat, then other foods, now halal certification has extended into healthcare, pharmaceuticals, travel, education, and the list goes on. Making many Muslims rich, but there is also a more sinister side to it…

Halal certification Islamic Economy report pg 4

The 2016/2017 Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report into The State of The Global Islamic Economy, pg 4

Halal Certification is an over $2 trillion dollar industry which mostly funds Islam but virtually all of us worldwide are chipping into it. But it’s not just our infidel money they want, they also want to change our way of life, such as segregating Muslims from non-Muslims in healthcare.

Halal certification Islamic Economy report cover

The Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report into The State of The Global Islamic Economy 2016/17, and supported by Dubai The Capital of Islamic Economy

Global Islamic Economy Report

The halal certifiers themselves have written a comprehensive report about it, and the tidy little (well big actually) profits they are making. The 2016/2017 Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard (the latter being an Islamic company) report into the State of The Global Islamic Economy, documents all the areas that halal certification has spread into. The whole report has been “supported by Dubai The Capital of Islamic Economy” (Report downloadable at the end of this post)

Halal Certification – $2 trillion Industry

A $2.1 trillion dollar industry (ABC Four Corners 2015 figure or $1.9 trillion according to this report), but of course we are always told that costs aren’t passed on to us. Hmm, so we have an industry where people are getting rich but it’s not costing anyone? Seems unlikely to me, and if this is the case, then perhaps these people should run motivational get rich quick seminars.

Halal Rort extending into Pharmaceuticals

Well they would certainly be qualified to run a get rich quick scheme, after all halal certification must be the biggest scam in recent history. Someone certifies your product, such as bread, to state that it doesn’t have alcohol or pork in it. And they make motza cash out of doing this! Huh! What’s next, will we have halal certified oxygen – guaranteed no pork! Don’t laugh, it ain’t so preposterous considering the next thing on the halal certifiers list is halal vaccines! (yep it’s in the report, pgs 159, 172). Oh and they plan to start making a whole lot of halal certified medicines once $148 billion dollars worth of medical patents end in 2018 (pg 172).

See my other post about halal vaccines and pharmaceuticals:

Halal Certification not in the Koran

All for something that isn’t even in the Koran (Quran). Yes the concept of halal exists there, but not halal certification, and pretty much everything is halal unless it is specified otherwise, and there are only a few food items that are not halal, specifically pork and alcohol (well they also mention a few obscure food items, such as don’t eat carnivorous animals but as not too many people are going to try their luck tackling a tiger I think we can exclude that one from the list). Oh and yes there is some debate in the Koran about how meat should be slaughtered (that will be another post), but in general if it don’t contain pork or alcohol then consume my dear Islamic friend! Muhammad approves! Don’t believe infidel me? Have a read of the Koran.

Yes Muslims were all surviving quite well without halal certification for hundreds of years, till some devout/shrewd Islamic businessmen saw a penny in it. It became big around the 1970’s but was meat only, then extended into other foods, (to the point that the majority of Australian foods, other than pork and alcohol, now appear to be halal certified), now halal vaccines are winging their way to us in 2018.

Female Genital Mutilation - FGM - mass operation

An example of mass female genital mutilation operations

Halal Certification funds Islam – FGM and other Sharia

So why should we care? Well, despite what they say, there is a good chance that the costs are passed on to us, and also the money raised largely goes back into Islamic coffers. Do you want to fund female genital mutilation, sharia law, stoning of women, throwing gays off buildings, etc? No, neither do I. Oh I’m sorry, am I “racist” for saying I object to that? Of course not all Muslims are doing that, but when you fund Islamic organisations how do you know whether it is funding the extreme versions of Islam aka Saudi style, or the “moderate” form of Islam practiced in Indonesia? Or at least that is how Indonesia is often described, despite the fact that 49% of their young girls have undergone female genital mutilation (UNICEF report based on actual Indonesia government figures).

Islamic countries demand our exports be halal certified – and they pick the certifier

Well I can tell you that we are funding the so called “moderates” and the fanatics. In Australia the 2015 Senate Economics References Committee into third-party certification of food explained how it all works. Despite this specific inquiry being Australian, its primary focus was halal certification and much of the information gleaned is pertinent to worldwide markets.

The inquiry disclosed that countries like Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and some other Islamic countries specify that red meat (and sometimes other foods, and even non food products) must be halal certified to export to those countries. Oh and the Islamic country picks the Aussie halal certifier for their country, who by the way often gives them kickbacks. In the case of Indonesia, their senior Islamic organisation, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), is the decider, yet they have had a lot of allegations of corruption and bribery, by the actual halal certifiers! This was noted in both the Senate inquiry and an ABC Four Corners report, called “The Truth About Halal”. If MUI rings a bell, well I have another post on this site about their links to female genital mutilation (FGM).

A certification rort which produces no health or safety benefits

So Aussie food producers are obtaining halal certification, because basically it is a non tariff barrier to export to Islamic countries. That’s the polite way to put it, others might call it extortion. Keep in mind they are paying for a certification scheme that produces nothing, has no health or safety benefits, and supposedly is to help Muslims know what they can eat, despite every Muslim knowing exactly what is permissible (halal) to them already.  If they were avoiding certain products for allergy reasons or animal cruelty issues then I would be sympathetic, but considering Muslims support of halal slaughter (noted as an inhumane practice by most animal activists) it is obvious that their religious observance has nothing to do with compassion, and everything to do with out-dated dogma.

In any case most foods already have a handy little indicator on their packaging, called an ingredient list. Perhaps some lists could be made a little clearer to help vegans, vegetarians and those with allergies, but there should be no need for a separate halal certification. Yet we Aussies (approximately 98% who are not Muslims) pay the price through our grocery purchases because for some inexplicable reason Muslims aren’t prepared to read the ingredient list already provided for all consumers on most foods. All for an Islamic scheme which benefits Muslims only, or at the least benefits Islamic businessmen to get richer.

Halal certification Islamic Economy report pg 4 & 5

The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/17, pg 4 & 5 outline some of the many areas Halal Certification has expanded into

Halal Certification is a Worldwide extortion racket

It’s not just Aussies that are getting fleeced, countries all over the world are being coerced into paying into this halal scam. If they want to export to Islamic countries that’s generally what they have to do, but the added problem is that even a lot of domestic foods/products that are never exported to Islamic countries are halal certified also. The Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report makes it clear the extent of this rort. Services too, worldwide, are halal certified to supposedly appeal to the Muslim tourist, which makes me wonder what Muslims did prior to halal certification, did they just not travel? Therefore would a lack of halal certification deter an Islamic terrorist from travelling to that region? Let’s ponder that one for a while.

Islamic terrorism funding

The Guardian,”WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists”

Halal Certification – Funding Fanatics

Of course apart from making some Islamic businessmen rich, some of the funds do go back into the Islamic community, but what’s the bet that the approved halal certifier for Saudi Arabia is going to be ‘encouraged’ by Saudi officials to fund projects in line with the Saudi approved strain of Islam? And so forth with the other countries. Oh and keep in mind Saudi Arabia has had allegations of backing terrorism (does Osama bin Laden ring a bell?) In fact Hillary Clinton herself claimed that “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide”. Qatar too has recently been in the news, accused of funding terrorism.

Limited investigative powers to track halal money once offshore

Oh but there’s no links to terrorism from halal certifiers, right? Yeah you saw that headline bandied around everywhere. Actually what AUSTRAC and ACC testified at the Senate inquiry is that there have been no “direct links” found, but they admitted that once money goes offshore they have limited investigative powers to track it. But let me address the terrorism issue in full in another post here:

Halal Certification isn’t just one fee

Oh but halal certification is just a little certification fee, right? Wrong! There are allegations that the fees are many and varied, may include audits, the food producer may have to change factory processes, such as no longer using alcohol based cleaners, they may even be compelled to do factory refits. The transport itself may have to be halal certified. And each ingredient may also need to be separately halal certified. So for example the bread producer wanting to export may have to put pressure on the company that supplies the salt to also be halal certified. So it places pressure down the line for each ingredient maker to also be halal certified, otherwise they lose business.

After you have paid all the fees, your product still may not achieve halal certification as it may have become ‘contaminated’ such as being transported in a truck with pork products.

Halal Certification fees – anywhere from $1000 to $27,000 per month

And what do the halal certifiers charge for all this? Well who knows, not even the Senate inquiry could find this out. But, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, there are allegations of anywhere from $1000 to $27,000 a month. Other allegations include that food producers must make their financial records accessible to the certifier, and that they must sign non disclosure agreements regarding the fees.

An industry shrouded in secrecy

Of course some of the allegations made may or may not be true, but why the secrecy? The whole industry is highly unregulated and shrouded in secrecy, so each halal certifier can pretty much make up their own rules. And if the fees are paltry why not be upfront about them?

The Senate inquiry was also unable to establish how many halal certifiers there are in Australia.

Halal Certified foods are rarely labelled as such

Very little of halal certified foods are labelled. Ironically making it impossible for Muslims, supposedly their market, to know if foods are actually halal certified. The lack of labelling would appear to defeat the whole purpose of a food certification scheme! Therefore it makes it impossible for anyone who wishes to either buy – or boycott – halal certified foods to do so. This is the reason why some politicians have called for labelling of halal certified goods, and indeed it was one of the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry. Yet 2 years on compulsory labelling of halal certification foods has not been implemented, despite having bi-partisan political support from the Senate Committee.

1982 Royal Commission uncovered corruption

What we do know for sure are the halal certifiers that are approved for red meat exports, as there is a list provided by the Department of Agriculture for that. The only reason this exists is due to the 1982 Royal Commission into the meat industry which uncovered corruption and some issues with halal certification such as forged certificates, so they recommended more regulation as well as stating that halal certification should be a cost recovery exercise only, and that fees charged should “not be seen as a way of raising revenue for other Muslim purposes unconnected with the meat industry.” However fast forward to today and halal certifiers such as AFIC are making huge profits. All tax free, thanks very much, as they, and some other halal certifiers, are not for profit organisations!

Halal Certifiers making huge profits & many are tax exempt charities

AFIC (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils also known as Muslims Australia), Australia’s peak Islamic body, testified at the Senate inquiry and disputed the veracity of their reported profits, until it was pointed out to them that those figures were taken from their own financial records! Profits like $751,000, which doesn’t seem like merely a cost recovery exercise. By the way AFIC is a registered charity and is thus exempt from the reporting and tax obligations of most Australian businesses.

Halal certifiers - AFIC - Australian Federation of Islamic Councils - money mismanagement

The Australian, “Muslim school stripped of $45m”

Halal Certifier and charity AFIC siphoned millions of government funding

AFIC have had a long list of controversies, including financial mismanagement of many Islamic schools. For instance they siphoned millions of dollars in funds off Malek Fahd Islamic school, an alleged $45.14 million since 2000. By the way this was government funding that was supposed to be used by the school, as a result the school had it’s government funding revoked, a decision that was backed up by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (however now Malek Fahd has appealed to the Federal Court and as a result its funding has been reinstated by the government pending a decision).

Halal Certifier AFIC siphoned off $45 million, and no one seems to know or care where it ended up

You would think that over $45 million being siphoned off would raise some eyebrows, not to mention questions as to where the money ended up, but as far as I’m aware there has been no serious ramifications, such as criminal convictions, for any of AFIC’s board, or any detailed investigation as to where the money ended up.

AFIC received funding from Gaddafi, and are the Halal Certifier handpicked by the Saudis, Indonesians etc

Malek Fahd’s not the only school that AFIC have allegedly mismanaged, as a result others have also had their funding cut. Oh and AFIC were a big fan of Gaddafi back in the day, in fact they received a significant amount of funding from Gaddafi. Sadly for AFIC he is not around anymore, so I guess they need halal certification to keep afloat these days (as $45 million dollars taken from a government funded school mustn’t go that far anymore).

Halal certifiers approved to certify red meat exports

Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, “List of recognised Islamic bodies for halal certification of red meat” This is a screenshot of part of the list

On the Department of Agriculture list (part of the list shown here) you can see, for instance, that AFIC is one of the halal certifiers approved for red meat exports to Saudi Arabia. They are also approved for Qatar. (AFIC affirmed at the Senate inquiry that they also certify other goods such as non meat foods and even makeup and medicines, and they certify for “Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Gulf”). Keep in mind that if a meat producer wants to export to several Islamic countries they have to get halal certification by each country’s approved halal certifier! So multiple halal certifications are often needed! The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) testified at the Senate inquiry that this was a problem raised by some of the meat producers, as the meat industry operated on low margins.

Halal Certification fees most likely passed on to consumers

We are often told that halal certification fees aren’t passed on to consumers, that economies of scale absorb the costs. Whilst this may be true in some cases, it is unlikely to always be the case, particularly given the huge costs of getting products certified in some industries. The fact that the AFGC testified that the meat industry runs on low margins, and that some meat producers had flagged the cost of halal certification as a problem, indicates that some producers were having problems paying these fees. Therefore it’s not much of a leap to assume they would have passed the costs onto consumers.

The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/17, above quote from pg 189

Furthermore, The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report indicates that halal certification costs are indeed passed on to the consumer.

The Export Market argument – but who needs who?

Another justification for halal certification is that it opens up export markets. Whilst we undoubtedly export a huge amount of red meat to Islamic countries, the Gulf countries also export oil to us, so why are we not demanding they pay for a Christian/Atheist blessing of their oil before we accept it? Yes we need their oil, but then again they need our beef, as 85% of OIC meat is imported (OIC consists of 57 Islamic nations/states). In fact the Salaamgateway website noted how dependent Islamic countries are on meat imports from non-Islamic countries, “These imports are worth $15 billion, two-thirds of which are paid out to Brazil, Australia, India, the U.S. and France. A key implication of such a substantial amount of imported meat coming from non-Islamic countries is that there is a very high need for halal food production certification and logistics integrity.”

Actually the true implication there is that the non-Islamic countries have the power to withhold meat from Islamic countries, or at the very least set the rules, if Islamic countries make too many demands. Naturally they can play tit for tat and do the same with their oil, but we aren’t the ones demanding some ridiculous religious certification of their products.

Less than 5% of Australian chicken is exported, yet most of it is halal certified

In any case the ‘halal certification opens up export markets’ analogy doesn’t hold up in the case of chicken, because less than 5% of Aussie chicken is exported, and not all of that goes to Islamic countries. Yet it appears that the vast majority of Aussie chicken is actually halal certified, despite the small percentage that ends up being eaten by Muslims. But once again no one knows the exact amount that is halal certified because both the halal certifiers and the food industry either refuse to disclose this, or are evasive with their answers.

Halal Food indicator by country list

The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/17, pg 29, shows Australia as 2nd in the world on their Halal Food Indicator

Australia is 2nd on the world Halal Food Indicator

However we do know that according to the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report that Australia is number 2 on their world Halal Food Indicator. (pg 29) The Halal Food Indicator evaluates countries on the “relative strengths of the ecosystem they have for the development of the sector.” (pg 28) In other words how amenable we are to being fleeced by them. Indeed they also note that we have risen from number 4 to number 2, so it appears we are giving into their scam. Therefore it seems most likely that the majority of our Aussie produced food is halal certified, and indeed we far outweigh all other Western countries (not to mention all Islamic countries other than the UAE!).

Halal Certification rort expanding rapidly worldwide – UK, USA, Europe, Asian, West etc

But halal certification is not just an Australian issue, many Westernised countries are being coerced into the halal certification food scam, but you have to wonder why we are allowing ourselves to be held to ransom over food exports when it appears that the Islamic countries need us more than we need them. Indeed the Salaamgateway website also noted that “while the 57-country Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is home to 80 percent of the world’s Muslims, almost 80 percent of their food imports come from non-Islamic trading partners.” Which works out to be “an estimated $190 billion in food and beverages in 2015.” Admittedly total imports appear to only account for “15.9 percent of total consumer expenditure on food and beverages across all OIC countries, which implies that 84.1 percent of F&B is produced domestically.”

Halal Certification isn’t just food, expanding into every product and service worldwide

But of course it’s not just food that the halal certifiers want to profit from, the situation is getting worse, as you can see from the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report, halal certification is expanding evermore, to the point where not just all of our foods but also all of our services (worldwide) are likely to end up requiring halal certification, with the majority of the profits raised funding Islam.

Indonesia has made halal certification compulsory for every product

For instance Indonesia has legislated that by 2019 it will be “‘mandatory for products that enter, are distributed and are traded in Indonesia to be halal certified.’ It goes on to define those products as ‘goods and/or services comprising of food, beverages, medicines, cosmetics, chemical products, biological products, genetically engineered products, as well as items that are worn, used or made use by the public.’” So pretty much everything! And MUI, who helped draft the legislation (you know the same group who endorse female genital mutilation) has everything to gain, “For one thing, the law puts the council temporarily in charge of overseeing the certification process, for which producers, importers and distributors of affected products will be charged a fee.”

Indonesia’s Halal overlord, MUI, supports female genital mutilation (FGM)

See my other post on MUI’s links to female genital mutilation (FGM).

Your grocery purchases may be funding female genital mutilation

segregating Muslims from non-Muslims in the Halal certification Islamic Economy report pg 189

The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/17, pg 189

Segregating Muslims from non-Muslims is part of the Halal plan

Oh but it’s not just money they want, the Halal Certification kingpins also want to change our way of life, as the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report not only mentions the segregation of genders in education (pg 193) and health care (pg 185), but also the segregation of Muslims from non-Muslims in health care (pg 189). Hmm, I wonder who will be allocated the best doctors?

Halal certification Islamic Economy report on education pg 195

The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/17, pg 195

Islamic indoctrination

Oh and if you are an educator, looks like you will be brainwashed into spewing out Islamic propaganda, whoops, I mean educators will undergo religious sensitivity training and be trained to be proficient in Islamic content. (pg 195) One assumes that if you are a female teacher you and your female students will be shoved to the back of the classroom, Rosa Parks style, so you don’t contaminate the menfolk. But it is not all bad news because after you are forced to convert to Islam (surely that’s the next step) you might end up with an interest free loan, as Muslims are pushing for this too (Shariah compliant finance).

Though before you become too enthusiastic, remember those interest free loans are attached to an oppressive system of law – Sharia (or Shariah) that treats women and other groups as subhumans.

Halal Certification is a form of jihad

For all the concerns about links to terrorism and other forms of extremism, perhaps the most alarming part of halal certification is that it is obviously a form of silent jihad, whereby instead of using violence, our countries are overtaken by stealth.

In conclusion – Halal Certification is Islamic Sharia by stealth

Halal certification is political Islam making its insidious inroads into our Western world – sharia by stealth. In the end this may prove far more effective than terrorism in controlling us. In fact considering that virtually all Australians are funding Islam through our weekly grocery shopping, and within a few years virtually every purchase everyone in the world makes will contribute to Islam, then we already know who are masters are.


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The 2016/2017 Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard (the latter being an Islamic company) report into the Global Islamic Economy, documents all the areas that Halal Certification has spread into. The whole report has been “supported by Dubai The Capital of Islamic Economy”. Downloadable below, even if you just have a quick skim it is eye opening:

“The 2016/2017 Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report into The State of The Global Islamic Economy” can be downloaded here:

ThomsonReuters-stateoftheGlobalIslamicEconomyReport201617 lower res

OR it can also be found at:

Other related reading:

ABC Four Corners, “The Truth About Halal”,

SMH, “Why halal certification is in turmoil”,

“Halal Certification a Bitter Pill for Pharma”,

Wikipedia, “AFIC”,

The Australian, “Muslim school stripped of $45m”,

The Guardian,“WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists”,, “Qatar crisis: Is Saudi Arabia supporting terror also?”,

Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, “List of recognised Islamic bodies for halal certification of red meat”,

Salaamgateway, “Islamic countries dependence on meat imports”,

Salaamgateway, “Int’l Halal Accreditation Forum seeks greater inclusivity, raises concerns on industry practices”,

Salaamgateway, “What are the food items OIC countries import the most?“,

The Senate Economics References Committee into third-party certification of food (2015):
(there is a lot of material, submissions etc, and the hansard is actually on a different website to these and the final report so I have just provided below the key documents, being the downloads of the hansard of the three hearings and then the final report):




Senate Committee Report

For other materials, submissions etc related to this inquiry:


Ethical Easter – Boycott funding Islam through Halal

With terror and other Islamic atrocities on the rise, one small thing you can do – Boycott Cadbury chocolate this Easter!

Have an Ethical Easter – let’s stop funding Islamic atrocities through it’s Halal Certification rort, let’s start with boycotting Cadbury!

Emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 22, 2017. See PA story POLICE Westminster. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Unfortunately I have just heard there has been another Islamic terror attack, this time in London.

As some of you know from my previous post, Halal Certification has been linked to female genital mutilation (FGM), I’ve been working tirelessly to get this information out to people but unfortunately few people know. Indeed the majority of our groceries are still Halal Certified, meaning that our shopping purchases are contributing to the genital mutilation of little girls.

Now with today’s terror attack in London this has reinforced to me that we need to stop funding Islam.

Yes I know that not all Muslims are terrorists, and indeed I myself know nice Muslims and I don’t wish for them to be discriminated against, but the point is when we fund Islam how do we know if the funding is going to the nice Muslims or the ones committing terrorism and human rights violations?

Well in fact as ABC Four Corners discovered part of Halal Certification funding goes to MUI (Majelis Ulama Indonesia). MUI are supporters of female genital mutilation (FGM), and indeed mass FGM ceremonies are performed on Indonesian schoolgirls, this is well documented in articles from newspapers such as The Guardian and The Jakarta Post. UNICEF have confirmed that at least 49% of Indonesian schoolgirls have undergone female genital mutilation.

UNICEF research clearly shows that female genital mutilation is worldwide a predominantly Islamic problem, with 9 out of the top 10 countries by FGM prevalence by population being majority Muslim nations.

Female genital mutilation, sometimes also referred to as FGM, female circumcision or cutting, is the mutilation of a girl’s genitals. The severity of this varies and can include the complete removal of her clitoris and sewing her vaginal lips together. Therefore the UN has declared any such procedure as a human rights violation, as it serves no medical purpose and indeed it is a barbaric, harmful practice designed to control women’s sexuality.

We also know that there is a huge problem with Islamic terrorism worldwide, and in Muslim majority nations there are many discriminatory laws against women, gay people, apostates, atheists, and people of other faiths under their sharia law system. Laws such as women can’t leave their house without permission/accompaniment from a male relative. Women can be stoned to death for adultery, yet when a man wants to commit ‘adultery’ he just marries another wife.

Having gay sex can lead to execution, and indeed simply leaving the Islamic religion or criticising it in anyway can also lead to execution. Even Bill Maher, a comedian, staunch atheist and critic of many religions including Christianity, admits that Islam is the worst as it is the “the only religion that acts like the mafia, that will f**king kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book.”

I want to make this clear I do not wish to see Muslims discriminated against, many are suffering in hellholes like Iraq and Syria, but we need to stop funding the actual ideology that is suppressing so many people’s rights and committing so many atrocities. We can still help Muslims as individuals get medical help, education and employment, but there is nothing in our constitution to say that we have to fund any religion, particularly one as violent and oppressive as Islam.

What can you do?

Firstly, please share my post.

Secondly and simply,  this Easter boycott Cadbury chocolate.

Why Cadbury? Well it is Halal Certified. Having said this so many of our groceries (including other chocolates) are Halal Certified, and even more frustrating it is rarely labelled as such, therefore it is very difficult without looking up an app like Halal Choices (though an excellent app by the way) to determine what few products you can buy, however as Cadbury is one of the biggest chocolate producers, by boycotting them at their busiest time this would send a clear message to Cadbury and others who pay for Halal Certification that we want them to stop chipping into Islam.

So let’s have an Ethical Easter – boycott Cadbury and stop contributing to the genital mutilation of little girls and other Islamic atrocities.


Your grocery purchases may be funding female genital mutilation

A significant amount of halal certification cash, goes to Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) – a leading supporter of female genital mutilation (FGM). Female genital mutilation can include partial or complete removal of a girl’s genitals. MUI’s fatwa has led to many Indonesian girls being genitally mutilated, not only have at least 49% suffered this human rights violation, many Indonesian school girls are forced to endure being genitally mutilated in mass ceremonies.

ABC Four Corners found that a significant amount of Australian halal cash, goes to Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) – a leading supporter of female genital mutilation (FGM). Due to the author being Australian, this story primarily focuses on the Australian situation, however countries all around the world pay halal certification fees which end up with MUI, therefore Americans, Brits and many others are also unwittingly contributing to this atrocity through our purchases.

MUI, as Indonesia’s top halal authority, runs the World Halal Food Council.  The majority of Australian meat and other groceries are now halal certified (though often not labelled as such). MUI is also Indonesia’s most senior Islamic group, and a quasi government organisation.  They act as an interface between the government and Indonesian Islamic groups.

According to the JakartaGlobe, Indonesia has legislated that by 2019 it will be “‘mandatory for products that enter, are distributed and are traded in Indonesia to be halal certified.’ It goes on to define those products as ‘goods and/or services comprising of food, beverages, medicines, cosmetics, chemical products, biological products, genetically engineered products, as well as items that are worn, used or made use by the public.’” And MUI, who helped draft the legislation, is receiving money from producers all around the world, via halal certification, “For one thing, the law puts the council temporarily in charge of overseeing the certification process, for which producers, importers and distributors of affected products will be charged a fee.”

Female genital mutilation, sometimes also referred to as FGM, female circumcision or cutting, is the mutilation of a girl’s genitals. The severity of this varies and can include the complete removal of her clitoris and sewing her vaginal lips together. Therefore the UN has declared any such procedure as a human rights violation, as it serves no medical purpose and indeed it is a barbaric, harmful practice designed to control women’s sexuality.

Not only have MUI released fatwas stating that FGM is a religious obligation, part of sharia law and should be done to control women’s sexual desire, but at one stage they also managed to get an FGM ban overturned in Indonesia.

MUI’s endorsement of FGM has no doubt contributed to the fact that at least 49% of young girls there have undergone FGM, this is based on data released by the Indonesian government and recently published by UNICEF.

Even more alarming is that an Islamic foundation subordinate to MUI organises and pays for mass FGM ceremonies on schoolgirls annually.  Marie Claire editor, Abigail Haworth, witnessed one of these FGM events.

UNICEF estimates that at least 200 million women worldwide have undergone FGM.

Nine out of the top ten countries that practice female genital mutilation (FGM), in terms of prevalence by population, are Muslim majority nations according to statistics released by UNICEF and combined with PEW Research Center religious population data. These top ten countries are all situated in Africa, and statistics show that the majority of their females aged 15 to 49 years old have suffered FGM—as many as 98% in Somalia.

Whilst FGM also has high prevalence in some African countries with non Muslim majorities, UNICEF themselves have stated that whilst other religious groups practice FGM, “the majority of cut girls and women are Muslim.”

Since then the Indonesian statistics have become available and UNICEF has now declared that Indonesia is also one of the prime FGM offenders in the world.

More and more evidence is mounting that reveals other Islamic links to FGM.  For instance some Islamic nations thought to have a low incidence of FGM, such as Iraq and Malaysia, have turned out to have a much higher prevalence than thought.

This barbaric procedure is often carried out under primitive conditions whilst the girl is held down, leading to a lifetime of health problems, as well as making sex a painful act.

Somalian born model, Waris Dirie, has given her own account of the suffering that she endured at the age of 5. “Mama tied a blindfold over my eyes. The next thing I felt my flesh was being cut away. I heard the blade sawing back and forth through my skin. The pain between my legs was so intense I wished I would die.”

ABC Four Corner’s episode, “The Truth about Halal” found that the worldwide halal market is currently valued at up to $2.1 trillion dollars, and FGM endorser MUI is getting a significant cut of that.  Considering MUI is a quasi governmental organisation, halal is also a nice little earner for the Indonesian government, due to their passing of the legislation that all products sold in Indonesia must be halal certified.

Halal is a set of religious rules for Muslims relating to food purity and what is permissible to eat, yet despite just over 2% of Australians identifying as Muslim, many Australian food producers are paying Islamic organisations for halal certification.

Halal certifiers in Australia send huge amounts of halal cash to MUI, particularly as a large percentage of Australian food is halal certified (we are number 2 in the world on the ‘Halal Food Indicator’), however as many goods in many other Westernised countries, including Britain and America, are also halal certified, and some of that money makes its way to MUI, therefore every time one of us buys groceries, and indeed other products, we may be contributing to a little girl forcibly having her genitals mutilated.

The World Halal Food Council, run by MUI, also endorses sharia law. Sharia law is Islamic law that discriminates against and oppresses many groups, including women, gay people, apostates, atheists and people of other faiths. Punishments meted out under Sharia law can include, beheadings, stoning to death, amputations and eye gouging. In this photo an Indonesian woman was caned for having pre-marital sex.

However it is almost impossible to avoid buying halal foods, because it appears that the majority of Australian meat and grocery producers pay for halal certification, but most of it is either not labelled halal, or poorly labelled. Therefore if Australians wish to make the ethical choice and avoid buying halal foods it is almost impossible to do so.

Here are just a few examples of our non meat Halal Certified products (despite the fact that these foods being non meat are intrinsically ‘halal’ according to Islam, and therefore should not need any Islamic certification). Most of our meat is also Halal Certified.

But it is not only through our weekly grocery shop that the average Australian consumer might be unknowingly funding Islamic bodies that potentially support female genital mutilation; alarmingly, a number of high-profile Australian halal certifier organisations also have charitable status!

For instance, The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), Australia’s peak Muslim body which is also known as Muslims Australia, is a registered charity and is thus exempt from the reporting and tax obligations of most Australian businesses.

However, voluntary financial statements from the AFIC revealed that in 2012 it made $647,722 profit from halal-certification fees.

The high prevalence of female genital mutilation in Indonesia puts paid to the often quoted idea that Indonesia is a ‘moderate’ Muslim nation.

What is worse is that we Australians, and many other citizens around the world, are unwittingly contributing, through our grocery and other purchases, to the genital mutilation of young girls. Not only is this a human rights violation, it is one of the worst forms of child abuse imaginable.


Videos re the Halal Certification link to FGM

A short video about the link between Halal Certification and Female Genital Mutilation is below:

A longer video with references is below:

The above videos can also be found on youtube.

You can also read the following report which includes many of the references used for this post:

Other references can be found in my other post which explains all you need to know about Halal Certification: