Category: Halal Slaughter

Is Halal Slaughter Humane?

Halal slaughter is not humane – according to the RSPCA – yet virtually all our livestock (bar pork) is now Halal slaughtered.

Groups such as the RSPCA believe that the most humane way to slaughter livestock is to use irreversible stunning (which renders the animal dead) before slitting its throat.

However in a concession to Muslims, most Australian abattoirs use a reversible stunning method, which means the animal is still alive, but unconscious, when its throat is cut. The reason for this is that halal slaughter requires the animal to be alive when its throat is slit.

As AFIC testified to the 2015 Senate inquiry into third-party certification of food, “Our concern is mainly: is this stunning reversible? If the animal were left alone for a minute or two, would the animal regain consciousness? If that is the case, then we have no problem with the stunning.”

Two types of Halal slaughter in Australia – both are inhumane

The traditional form of Halal slaughter involves no pre-stunning and therefore it is particularly inhumane. Sadly this is commonly practised in Islamic countries. However, in what appears to be a compromise by the Islamic community, another style of Halal slaughter predominates in Australia – reversible stunning. But this too is problematic.

Reversible stunning – some animals wake up when their throat is slit

Whilst it seems that most reversible stunning does render the animal unconscious, AFIC have unwittingly highlighted the very problem with this procedure. That is, it is possible that the animal may regain consciousness. Indeed, whilst I’m not aware of the exact numbers, there are reports that some animals do regain consciousness whilst their throats are being slit.

RSPCA “irreversible stunning is more effective in inducing unconsciousness than reversible stunning and is therefore the preferred method”

RSPCA favour irreversible stunning

In fact on the RSPCA website they make this statement, “The time to regain consciousness following a reversible stun may vary depending on the intensity of the stun. At Australian abattoirs, the aim is to ensure that reversible stunning is done in a way that the depth of unconsciousness is sufficient to allow for the animal to bleed out and die before there is a chance of regaining consciousness. Although reversible stunning is far better from an animal welfare perspective than no stunning at all, irreversible stunning is more effective in inducing unconsciousness than reversible stunning and is therefore the preferred method.”

Very carefully put by the RSPCA who probably don’t want to anger any extremists or worse be called “Islamophobes”, but at least they have the gumption to say it, unlike some other animal activists.

Most of Australian Halal Slaughter uses reversible stunning – but the irreversible stunning method is the “conventional humane” method

Also tactfully put is another of their statements, “The vast majority of halal slaughter in Australia (including at export abattoirs) complies with standard slaughter practice where all animals are stunned prior to slaughter. The only difference with halal slaughter is that a reversible stunning method is used, while conventional humane slaughter may use an irreversible stunning method.”

Note their mention of the irreversible stunning method as being “conventional humane slaughter”. Considering reversible stunning is the opposite of this, one can only conclude that by the RSPCA’s standards halal slaughter must be ‘inhumane slaughter’.

The majority of Australian livestock (bar pork) is halal slaughtered

In evidence given at the Senate inquiry it appears that the majority of our Australian beef, chicken and lamb is halal slaughtered. That is, not using the “preferred method” or the “conventional humane slaughter” method of irreversible stunning, but using the reversible stunning method, which in AFIC’s chilling testimony, allows for the animal to “regain consciousness”.

Radio Poland, “Scientists claim kosher and halal animal slaughter is ‘inhumane and cruel'”

Some Halal and Kosher Slaughter involves no pre-stunning at all

But it gets worse, it turns out that many Muslims are not happy with this compromise at all, therefore according to the RSPCA, “A small number of abattoirs in Australia have been granted permission from the relevant State or Territory food authority to conduct religious slaughter without prior stunning – for either Halal or Kosher (Jewish slaughter) purposes. These ‘approvals’ are effectively exemptions to standard Australian slaughter practice…. The RSPCA is concerned there are much greater risks of an animal suffering during slaughter without stunning than for conventional slaughter. Slaughtering an animal while fully conscious requires additional handling and restraint and means that the animal will experience pain associated with the throat cut and subsequent bleeding out. For these reasons, the RSPCA is strongly opposed to all forms of slaughter that do not involve prior stunning of the animal.” (RSPCA’s emphasis)

RSPCA and other animal rights organisations opposed to unstunned slaughter

Unfortunately no animal welfare organisations gave evidence to the Senate inquiry, as its terms of reference did not address animal welfare, however slaughter methods were talked about in general, but it would have been good to have had input from some animal advocates.

Still it is clear from the RSPCA website that religious slaughter methods are not the most humane methods. Their statement also highlights the issue of kosher slaughter. Therefore I believe that both halal and kosher slaughter should be banned, (as some European countries have been attempting to do), as the most humane method of animal slaughter should always be in use. Indeed 90 Polish scientists wrote to Poland’s prime minister stating that both halal and kosher slaughter methods were “extremely cruel to animals”.

Admittedly some animal welfare experts disagree, and believe that a properly carried out (emphasis on properly carried out) ritual slaughter can be relatively humane, but when the RSPCA, Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, and British Veterinary Association and numerous other animal experts have all objected to unstunned slaughter then their expert advice should be acted on.

Halal/Kosher bans incur backlash from Muslims and Jews

Unfortunately though there has been a backlash from some Muslims and Jews who regard any ban as an infringement on their religious rights, this resulted in a Polish ban being overturned. Considering the cruelty that many Jews suffered in the Holocaust I find it very sad that any of them would be supporting any form of cruelty towards their fellow creatures. However what is encouraging is that it appears that only a minority of Jews now insist on kosher. For instance according to PEW statistics, only 22% of American Jews keep kosher in their homes. Of course kosher does not just apply to meat slaughter, but this certainly sounds as if many Jews are rejecting the cruelty of kosher slaughter and this is indeed an encouraging sign. Exactly how many Muslims feel the same way about halal slaughter I am not aware, but whether or not all Muslims want halal slaughter, the problem is that the vast majority of our Australian meat appears to be halal slaughtered.

Very little of Australian meat is kosher slaughtered

Indeed the reason there has been little outcry in this country about kosher slaughter is because, unlike halal, very little of our meat is kosher slaughtered in Australia, usually it is also appropriately labelled in supermarkets and, with some exceptions, easy to avoid. In fact many Australians, including anti-halal activists, were unaware of any issues with kosher slaughter simply because, unlike halal, it is not as ubiquitous.

Kosher costs rarely passed onto non-Jewish consumers

Crucially the costs of kosher slaughter are not passed onto the average consumer, this is because rabbis actually prearrange a time with the abattoir where they can slaughter their own meat.

Halal slaughter costs passed onto consumers via halal certification

Halal slaughter however has a number of costs associated to it, which most likely are passed onto the consumer via halal certification, it is also the majority of our meat market (except pork), but it is rarely labelled appropriately. So it is virtually impossible for the Australian consumer to avoid eating halal slaughtered meat, due to both its monopoly and lack of labelling transparency.

Only 2.6% of Australians are Muslims but the majority of our meat is Halal slaughtered & certified

So with only just over 2% of Australians being Muslim, why is the majority of our meat halal slaughtered/halal certified? It is to do with export markets. A number of Islamic countries, such as Indonesia, mandate that all meat exported to them must be halal slaughtered and halal certified. Therefore many Aussie meat producers simply don’t bother to separate their domestic produce from their exports. This may make sense with the beef market, as we do export approximately $2 billion of red meat to Islamic countries. However it doesn’t make sense with chicken, as we export less than 5% of chicken to Islamic countries, but paradoxically it seems that the majority of our Aussie chickens are halal slaughtered and therefore halal certified.

Halal Certification may include a factory refit

And achieving halal certification is not just about obtaining a simple certificate. In fact factory refits may need to be made, factory processes may need to be changed (such as no longer cleaning with alcohol based cleaners), there may be audits, and most crucially Muslims are usually required to do the slaughtering to comply with halal certification. This results in employment discrimination whereby Muslims are hired over non-Muslims for abattoir jobs.

Abbatoirs being forced to hire Muslims as slaughterers

So wrap your head around this for a minute, the job that requires a worker to become skilled in slaughtering, is being handed on a plate to Muslims, ahead of non-Muslims. That is, we have a worldwide problem with Islamic terrorism, yet abattoirs are actively seeking out to employ Muslims to learn how to slaughter animals, in some cases ISIS style.

Halal Certification costs most likely passed on to all consumers

If that doesn’t worry you, well it appears that our hip pocket is being affected, because despite what we are often told about halal certification costs not being passed on to consumers (the argument usually revolves around economies of scale swallowing up costs, or that it opens up export markets), we have been given a hint by the The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) that indeed halal certification costs are an issue. They testified to the 2015 Senate inquiry that there were problems in the meat industry, and that “margins are tight”. The 1982 Royal Commission into the meat industry had also noted, at the time, that the industry operates at low margins.

Multiple Halal Certification fees

Indeed at the Senate inquiry it was noted that to export to more than one Islamic country may require multiple halal certifications by the various halal certifiers who are authorized by the different Islamic countries, and this was an issue raised as a problem by a number of meat-processing companies to the AFGC.

Halal Certification fees anywhere from $1000 to $27,000 a 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.

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? And why would meat producers raise it as an issue?

Consumers deserve a choice

At the very least food needs to be appropriately labelled in this country so that consumers have a choice whether or not to buy halal certified or kosher foods.

Labelling of Halal Certified foods should be compulsory

In fact the 2015 Senate inquiry into third-party certification of food did recommend (amongst other things) that religiously slaughtered/certified foods should be labelled as such, for the benefit of consumer transparency.

Halal Certified foods should not have a monopoly

However simply labelling foods as halal certified or kosher may not go far enough. For a start consumers need to be able to make a real choice, and if the majority of the food is halal certified, labelling it won’t solve the problem that a monopoly has been created and that consumers wishing to avoid religiously slaughtered/certified goods are unable to do so.

Labelling needs to take into account ‘hidden’ fees

Another issue though with labelling is that some foods either involve religious slaughter methods or incur religious fees but do not subsequently “qualify” to be halal certified or kosher.

In the case of kosher this is because parts of the animal slaughtered are not considered acceptable for Jews to eat, therefore an animal could be killed via the kosher slaughter method but not all of the meat labelled as kosher, leading to a lack of transparency for the consumer. However considering the small amount of meat that is kosher slaughtered in this country this is a minimal problem.

When it comes to halal slaughter/certification, some foods may be halal slaughtered and attract some certification fees but subsequently do not actually receive halal certification for a multitude of reasons, such as the meat became “contaminated” by coming into contact with pork etc.

As a result simply labelling products as halal certified or kosher may not disclose whether religious fees have been incurred, or religious slaughter methods have been used. So any labelling laws need to be mindful of this fact.

Ban halal and kosher slaughter

As regards to the actual slaughter methods, Australia should follow the lead of those European countries which are trying to ban halal and kosher slaughter. Furthermore animals should be irreversibly stunned before being slaughtered.

Some animal activists may argue that any slaughter method is by definition cruel, and that people should simply give up eating meat. Whilst I can understand and respect their argument, it seems unlikely that everyone will become vegetarian any time soon, therefore we owe it to animals to use the most humane methods of slaughter available. Animal welfare should not be compromised by religious superstition.

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References:

RSPCA, “What is Halal slaughter in Australia?”, http://kb.rspca.org.au/What-is-Halal-slaughter-in-Australia_116.html

Pew Research Center, “Chapter 4: Religious Beliefs and Practices”, http://www.pewforum.org/2013/10/01/chapter-4-religious-beliefs-and-practices/

Radio Poland, “Scientists claim kosher and halal animal slaughter is ‘inhumane and cruel'”, http://thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/121177,Scientists-claim-kosher-and-halal-animal-slaughter-is-inhumane-and-cruel

BBC News, “Should animals be stunned before slaughter?”, http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-14779271

Channel 4 News, “FactCheck Q&A: should we ban kosher and halal slaughter?”, https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-qa-ban-kosher-halal-slaughter

The Huffington Post, “Muslims And Jews Unite To Challenge Poland’s Halal And Kosher Meat Ban”, http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/11/29/muslims-jews-meat-poland_n_4359801.html

ABC Four Corners, “The Truth About Halal”, http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/09/07/4305337.htm

SMH, “Why halal certification is in turmoil”, http://www.smh.com.au/national/why-halal-certification-is-in-turmoil-20141222-12cmd3.html

Other related reading:

The hansard of The Senate Economics References Committee into third-party certification of food (2015) can be found at my post, Halal Certification – Sharia by stealth,  http://endgenderapartheid.com/2017/06/02/sharia-stealth-halal-certification-2-1-trillion-dollar-islamic-industry-chipping/

 

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: http://endgenderapartheid.com/2017/05/23/halal-vaccines-medicines-segregation-infidels/?preview_id=160&preview_nonce=576e032d77&_thumbnail_id=-1&preview=true

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: http://endgenderapartheid.com/2017/06/04/halal-certification-fund-terrorism-maybe-maybe-not-take-risk/

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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REFERENCES:

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:

http://www.salaamgateway.com/en/food/story/SALAAM03102016111130/

Other related reading:

ABC Four Corners, “The Truth About Halal”, http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/09/07/4305337.htm

SMH, “Why halal certification is in turmoil”, http://www.smh.com.au/national/why-halal-certification-is-in-turmoil-20141222-12cmd3.html

“Halal Certification a Bitter Pill for Pharma”, http://jakartaglobe.id/news/halal-certification-bitter-pill-pharma/

Wikipedia, “AFIC”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Federation_of_Islamic_Councils

The Australian, “Muslim school stripped of $45m”, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/malek-fahd-islamic-school-stripped-of-45m-muslim-body-accused/news-story/bb08c4e84aa9989ec2bedc651a95b2f6

The Guardian,“WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists”, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/05/wikileaks-cables-saudi-terrorist-funding

News.com.au, “Qatar crisis: Is Saudi Arabia supporting terror also?”, http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/world-economy/qatar-crisis-is-saudi-arabia-supporting-terror-also/news-story/a58c4127caddf901b799fea2acaa9718

Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, “List of recognised Islamic bodies for halal certification of red meat”, http://www.agriculture.gov.au/export/controlled-goods/meat/elmer-3/list-islamic-halal-certification

Salaamgateway, “Islamic countries dependence on meat imports”, http://www.salaamgateway.com/en/story/islamic_countries_dependence_on_meat_imports-salaam06092015165353/

Salaamgateway, “Int’l Halal Accreditation Forum seeks greater inclusivity, raises concerns on industry practices”, http://www.salaamgateway.com/en/food/story/intl_halal_accreditation_forum_seeks_greater_inclusivity_raises_concerns_on_industry_practices-salaam05042017111603/

Salaamgateway, “What are the food items OIC countries import the most?“, http://www.salaamgateway.com/en/food/story/what_are_the_food_items_oic_countries_import_the_most-salaam12032017045713/

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):

EconomicsReferencesCommittee_2015_08_21_3720_Official.pdf;fileType=applicationpdf#search=halal

EconomicsReferencesCommittee_2015_09_24_3825_Official.pdf;fileType=applicationpdf#search=thirdpartyfoodcertification

EconomicsReferencesCommittee_2015_11_03_3963_Official.pdf;fileType=applicationpdf#search=thirdpartyfoodcertification

Senate Committee Report

For other materials, submissions etc related to this inquiry:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/Food_Cert_Schemes