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Halal Certification Schemes
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Halal food by itself is not of concern. Nearly all food is naturally halal (permissible under Islamic sharia law) and observant Muslims can make food of unknown origin halal by pronouncing 'bismillah' over their meal. What is of concern is the recent invention of halal certification schemes. To fully understand how these schemes work, why we should object and what you and your family can do about them, please watch the following video produced in conjunction with HalalChoices.com.au.

PLEASE NOTE: Mohamed El-Mouelhy as sole director of the private company Halal Certification Authority Pty Ltd, has commenced legal proceedings against Q Society and four members of the society as individuals including Debbie Robinson as president of the society and Kirralie Smith as presenter of two videos. We face defamation action in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and ask for donations towards the considerable legal expense associated with defending freedom of expression in Australia. Please read president Debbie Robinson's letter for more details. The complete Statement of Claim can be downloaded here. If you share our values and concerns about Islam, we encourage you to support our Legal Defence Fund through an online donation or our donation form with offline credit card authorisation, banking details and postal address for sending a cheque. You may also consider joining ALA as member to advance political action.

Link to Q Society Halal Certification Schemes video

Unlike the older and more complex Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) designed to serve the small observant Jewish community, Halal certification schemes are widely imposed on non-Muslims. Certification schemes began in the 1980s and are funded by consumers through a multi-level system of one off and recurring fees, paid by suppliers to Islamic organisations.
It is in effect a hidden Islamic tax on goods and services.

The extent of this Islamic 'tax' becomes clear when we understand who contributes to these schemes:

  • The four major dairy companies
  • Over 75% of poultry suppliers
  • Over 60% of abattoirs processing sheep
  • More than 50% of abattoirs processing cattle
  • Generalists like Simplot, Unilever, Nestle, Kraft and many more
The global market for halal-certified products and services is estimated to be worth more than USD2.3 trillion, expanding by 20% per year. These schemes are not limited to food alone, with products and services ranging from halal certified cosmetics to water, trucks, warehousing and sharia finance there is no limit to the schemes. Plans are in place to certify every step of the market from suppliers of animal feed, to food processing and eventually the transport to your supermarket and shopping bag.

Companies who believe non-Muslims do not care, pass on the extra cost to consumers. Few products are labelled as certified halal, when in fact most meat and dairy produce bought in supermarkets, or when eating out, are now halal certified for a fee. There is no other religious group imposing such a broad, tax-like scheme on our supply chain.

We propose the following policies:

1. Apply The 'User Pays' Principle

If observant Muslims insist on special rituals and halal certification for their food, then Islamic community organisations should provide these services and cover the fees and extra expenses for our suppliers. Religion is always a contentious issue and should never be imposed onto others. Some Muslim clerics have already spoken out against those schemes, read "The Halal Certification Fiasco" to understand their concerns.

2. Insist On Clear Labelling

All products and services from halal-certified suppliers should be clearly labelled by one standard symbol. This way the consumer can recognise when meat, meat-based products or other products and services come from halal-certified sources. Australian consumers can then make a conscious decision.

3. End Workplace Discrimination

In many Australian abattoirs only Muslim males can now find employment as slaughterers. Non-Muslims and women are considered haram - unclean. This is sharia law, manifest in discrimination on gender and religious grounds, applied with consent of AQIS and DAFF. However, we understand that ritually prepared meat is important to some religious Australians. To this end we propose that, similar to religious schools for which Australia permits some exemptions from non-discrimination laws, abattoirs wishing to conduct ritual slaughter must be owned and operated by a recognised religious organisation.

Action Points:

Watch our halal certification info video and share it with your family and connections.

Order a copy of our "Getting Through" handbook and learn how to talk to non-Muslims about the disturbing nature of Islam.

Read, download and distribute our Q on: Halal Food and Halal Certification paper.

Talk and write to your local state and federal MP and Senators. Ask them to support our three fair and simple policy proposals

Be mindful when shopping and ask for non-halal certified options. You are not a bad person if you do not want to support Islamic organisations with your shopping dollar.

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