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 take some time and consider the following information.
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 1970s and are funded by consumers through a multi-level system of one off and recurring fees, paid by suppliers to Islamic organisations.
Some consider this to be 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
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.
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 and our petition form.
Pick up a stack of our "Why Swallow This?" fliers at the next Q meeting and do letter boxing each week in your area.
Talk and write to your local state and federal MP and Senators. Ask them to consider our three 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.