‘Halal Foodstuffs’ A Billion Dollar Earner

A Religious Tax?

by Chris Newman

Atheists and Christians alike across this nation are willingly paying a religious tax to support the spread of Islam. Halal is the Islamic term for ‘lawful’, so ‘halal foodstuffs’ are those foods acceptable to Islam and permitted for the Muslims.

In our secular state the politicians support Islam’s halal religious tax and certification scheme which enriches Muslim businessmen at our expense. House Speaker Trevor Mallard an avowed atheist, would ban Jesus from parliamentary prayer (despite the Christian origins of our democracy), yet he happily pays the halal tax, then swallows chicken, beef and other foodstuffs consecrated to the Islamic god Allah.

Islam and its halal tax project exposes a raw point of vulnerability and hypocrisy in our system of government.

Can you imagine the uproar if suddenly the Catholics decided to implement a Gospel certification tax on fish, or the Anglicans put an Apostle tax on bread? The political atheists would rage in hate against the Christians and outlaw any such religious tax. But our lawmakers remain strangely silent on why the Ministry for Primary Industries should support Islam’s halal food tax.

We need to understand the real meaning and implications of Islam’s ‘halal’ , and recognize the Halal Certification schemes for what they are – a religious tax on our food. Islam’s religious code, the Sharia, divides all things into what is lawful or permitted for Muslims and what is unlawful or forbidden to them. Lawful things are called ‘halal’ and unlawful ones are called ‘haram’. Obviously the application of ‘halal’ and haram’ distinctions apply across the Muslim lifestyle, and control of food is but one aspect of their legal system.

The Islamic scripture gives Muslims explicit instructions on their food consumption and reveals that most things are acceptable:

• Koran 5:4 says “They ask you what is lawful for them. Say: ‘All wholesome things are lawful for you, as well as that which you have taught the birds and beasts of prey to catch, training them as God has taught you. Eat of what they catch for you, pronouncing upon it the name of God. ...”

• Koran 5:5 further says “All wholesome things have this been day been made lawful for you. The food of those to whom the Book was given [= the Jews, but not the Christians] is lawful for you, and yours for them.”

So what food is NOT halal for Muslims?

• Koran 5:3: “You are forbidden carrion, blood, and the flesh of swine; also any flesh dedicated to other than God. You are forbidden the flesh of strangled animals and of those beaten or gored to death; of those killed by a fall or mangled by beasts of prey (unless you make it clean by giving the death-stroke yourselves); also of animals sacrificed to idols.”

Do Muslims really need Halal Certification for their food? According to the mentioned scriptural instructions, Muslims can make any wholesome food halal simply by saying their Islamic grace. (“Eat of what they catch for you, pronouncing upon it the name of God. ...”) The Koran clarifies that every food is halal, except for the few things which are expressly forbidden such as pork. (“You are forbidden carrion, blood, and the flesh of swine”)

Since Islam began 1,300 years ago, Muslims have happily eaten all kinds of food in accordance with the clear dietary rules of the Koran, without any need for a certifying authority or the imposition of a halal tax. Islam had no Halal Certification schemes until they were opportunistically invented by Muslim businessmen and started to proliferate in the West from the 1980s with the emergence of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America. (1)

Originally Halal Certification was supposed to ensure that products consumed by Muslims were not ‘tainted’ by association with those things forbidden; for example, to guarantee there were no pig products in the ingredients. Halal Certification begins with Muslim Muslim slaughtermen in the abattoir, to cut the throats of animals according to Muslim traditional methods. This requirement is not a matter of hygiene or quality. It is simply an imposition on us under the guise of religion.

New Zealand food processing plant hygiene standards are among the best in the world. If you have visited Islamic countries you will understand that their standard of food hygiene and public health is much lower than ours. So in New Zealand there are no grounds for halal animal slaughter on the basis of hygiene or safety.

This relatively recent development of Halal Certification of food is a therefore a ploy. Islamic interests have found a way to impose compliance with Islamic Sharia Law on nonMuslims as well as Muslims. There is no scriptural or historical requirement for food for Muslims to pass through a Halal Certification scheme with the imposition of a charge or tax on the product to be paid for by consumers.

For example a Muslim slaughterman can kill animals and those can be separately marked with a food dye in the abattoir, for use in Muslim halal butcher shops or export markets. That method is called market segmentation and it eliminates the need for costly Halal Certification.

However, the Halal Certification story now extends past guaranteeing food has not been exposed to Haram (unlawful) elements such as pork. It has expanded as Muslim businessmen exploit gullible non-Muslim food producers. To quote the World Halal Council:

“Halal Certification did not stop on the food products. It is also important in non-food products including personal care, utensils, fashion and clothing, shoes and the like and lately halal certification is now made mandatory to animal and poultry feeds, packaging materials such as tin cans, drums, plastic bottles and the like which are in contact with the halal quality products.”

Producers of items such as cat food, plastic containers and sheeting, even WATER (which of course is intrinsically halal) are now paying fees for halal certification. Many products which are intrinsically halal are now being certified, such as smoked salmon. The absolute cynicism of the certification scam is shown by certification even of foods associated exclusively with Christian festivals such as (Cadbury’s) Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns.

The advance of Islam through the abattoirs may end up with a Muslim-only workforce there, as non-Muslims may be considered haram. We already have killing floors built to face Mecca and halal slaughtermen must be Muslim. So non-Muslim New Zealanders are locked out of those jobs because of religious discrimination. Aren’t politicians supposed to use the Law to prevent religious discrimination in the work-place?

By contrast with halal food, Jewish kosher food is produced in small amounts, clearly labelled, sold in separate areas of the supermarket or special shops and not forced onto others. Only the users pay for accessing Kosher food. So why can’t the same arrangements apply for Islam’s special requirements?

Halal Certification fees are passed on by the producers as a tax on the consumer. What sort of money are we paying in NZ to these opportunistic Halal Certifiers? Some abattoirs in Australia pay up to $27,000 a month to be Halal Certified, or $324,000 a year. Chicken processors pay around $40,000 per year. Truckies who drive chicken supply vans from a chicken processor to the takeaway shops are charged $500 each in Halal Certification fees. (2)

The World Halal Forum estimated the global Halal Certification racket on food and beverages alone to be collecting USD 1.4 trillion in 2013. (Source: Farouk, M.M. (2013) Advances in the industrial production of halal and kosher red meat. Meat Science, 95, 805-820, quoted in http://www.sgs. com/en/our-company/news-and-mediacenter/news-and-press-releases/2014/10/ the-growth-of-the-halal-market-and-therole-of-halal-certification.aspx)

In 2014 that sum was close to Australia’s total GDP. Other published estimates provide figures that are much higher.

Fahad Al-Rabiah, Deputy Chairman of The Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce, has estimated the trade volume of halal products worldwide to be worth about two trillion dollars, of which $700 billion dollars is in the Islamic markets. (Source: http://www. arabnews.com/news/550666)

Since there is no religious grounds for a Halal Certification scheme, is there a worldwide standardised Halal Certificate?

NO. According to Dr. Evangelia Komitopoulou, Global Technical Manager for Food within SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance, an international organization based in Switzerland), Halal certification is not yet globally standardised ... . ‘Authentic halal’ is a cause of controversy amongst certifying bodies and Muslim countries, as halal is widely defined by the choice and effectiveness of stunning methods used in animal slaughter. (Quoted in http://www. sgs.com/en/our-company/news-and-mediacenter/news-and-press-releases/2014/10/ the-growth-of-the-halal-market-and-the-role-ofhalal-certification.aspx)

This means each Halal Certification scheme promoted by different Muslim Councils and various businessmen is a made-up racket to exploit local opportunities. These people on their own authority win over non-Muslim politicians through manipulation of fear, Political Correctness, gullibility and greed.

Where do those Halal Certification dollars go? The certifiers are completely secretive about what they do with the money. Most certifiers are charitable organisation in New Zealand which means they pay no tax on any of their income. They also have no legal requirement to produce trading figures like other New Zealand Businesses.

Australia and New Zealand share exactly the same situation regarding Islam, halal taxes , Jihad terrorism, and secular Government hypocrisy on these issues. Muslims in New Zealand conform to the same Islamic scriptures and agenda as do their Australian brethren, they run the same Halal Certification racket.

The 2013 Annual Report of the Islamic Council of Western Australia actually admits to funding jihad:

“During the year ICWA has made ongoing donations to Syria because of the difficult civil conditions ... The donations were made through Al Imdaad charity, to ensure that no recriminations could be directed at ICWA.”

Now why would there be recriminations – unless “Syria” is code for the headquarters of ISIS in Raqqa? The WA Islamic Council is only one of many Islamic organisations across Australia, including mosques, that are funnelling money via this sham "charity" front, to support terrorist groups in Raqqa in Syria, and Mosul in Iraq. (Source: http:// pickeringpost.com/story/shocking-evidenceshows-halal-fees-go-to-syria/4062)

In conclusion we have established in fact that Halal Certification schemes have nothing to do with Islamic religious observance and

everything to do with Muslim opportunism. They function as a religious tax imposed on New Zealanders with the co-operation of our politicians and Politically Correct bureaucrats.

About 80% of the food in our supermarkets carries the Halal Certification mark. Gutless NZ companies have bowed to the pressure of Muslim con-men and their certification rackets. They pay this religious tax and pass it on to the consumer, i.e. you and me.

Our politicians have through their hypocrisy allowed the Halal Certification racket to proliferate here. Some of the halal religious tax is sent to support Islamic terrorism overseas. This program is known as Islamic Jihad. The rest of the scammed money enriches a few Muslims. These individuals use the money ripped off from us to make donations to Islamic causes, to further the advance of Islam in our country, to buy favours from key politicians and personalities, and to elevate their status in the Muslim community.

A Government with guts could shut down Halal Certification today in the interests of protecting national security and saving citizens from paying a wrongful tax on top of the cost of feeding their families. The savings would remain with NZ families and allow for lower food prices.

Extortion by any name, we must reject Halal Certification or ‘religious tax’ and must put pressure on our elected representatives to reject the continuation of a rort that does nothing to benefit New Zealanders and only serves to make us contribute to a funding pool for Islamic Growth and potential Islamic extremism.

References

1. http://pickeringpost.com/story/the-origins-of-halal-certification-schemes/4011

2. http://pickeringpost.com/story/halal-fees-exposed-in-court-judgment/4113 3. https://theconversation.com/regulating-the-sacred-why-the-us-halal-food-industry-needs-better-oversight-34108