Say NO! To Halal

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What is "halal slaughter"?

In short, "halal slaughter" is the slaughtering of animals according to Islamic standards.  "Halal slaughter involves cutting the trachea, the esophagus and the jugular vein and letting the blood drain out while saying, ‘Bismillah allahu akbar’ – ‘in the name of Allah the greatest,’” explains Pamela Geller, author of “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.” This website is established to assist people who actively refuse to support halal slaughter, whether on religious grounds or simply as a basis for political resistance of creeping islamofacism.

This issue came to light recently when World-Net Daily reported that big-name food producing companies are following Islamic halal standards. In particular Butterball turkey customer service representatives confirmed that their whole turkeys are being slaughtered according to Islamic halal standards, even though no labeling discloses this fact. For that reason, it is now clear that American consumers must now determine for themselves whether their religious traditions or consciences are being offended through consumption of products supplied by mainstream American food producers.  Toward that end, we are actively researching and will here report our findings about the use of Islamic halal slaughter by American food suppliers.

What is "halal certified"?

Food products can be halal (permissible) without being certified. A banana for example is halal (permissible) and does not require certification. To be "halal certified" a product must be inspected carefully and be subject to certain Islamic rituals. Most importantly, a fee is paid to one of the Islamic certifying organizations for this service, including ISNA  ["Islamic Society of North America"].  American food labeling laws do not require producers to disclose whether they have paid such a fee.  Some products do display a certifying symbol, and others, like Nestle, do not. 

An impassionate view of the evidence available demonstrates that American consumers who support producers who pay such fees are unwittingly paying a Sharia "tax" and are supporting the very terrorism activities that are being planned to kill nonmuslims and thwart a nonmuslim way of life.  For example, the U.S. Department of Justice has demonstrated the connection between the Council on American Islamic Relations ("CAIR") and unabashed terrorist organizations including HAMAS.  (See Letter from United States Department Of Justice evidencing that CAIR has been named an unindicted coconspirator in a federal criminal trial against muslim terrorists including HAMAS.)  Another unindicted coconspirator in that same trial was ISNA -- the very organization that receives fees to provide halal certification.

As with halal slaughter, we will endeavor to publish our findings about food products that are halal certified in order to permit people of conscience to remain true to their core convictions.  In recognition that the best way to avoid the Sharia tax is to make deliberate choices when purchasing food items, we will use the best of our knowledge in a good faith effort to list products that are halal certified as well as those that have not undergone halal certification.  Because halal certification only lasts twelve months, this list will necessarily be dynamic and will certainly change over time.

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Our crack researchers are actively seeking information from local and corporate food suppliers, and can report the following:
  • On April 14, 2012, our researcher reports that she spoke on the phone with Bart of Whole Foods who informed our researcher that all of the lamb in all of the Oregon Whole Foods stores is from New Zealand and is halal.  Our researcher also reports that Bart said that when it is put out for the public it is NOT labeled halal.  Our researcher asked Bart to at least put a sign out denoting it as halal so that people have a choice.  Our researcher informed Bart that Muslims think that eating halal meat, even unknowingly, is seen as being "moving toward conversion to Islam" even if the person is unaware of what they are eating.  Bart informed our researcher that he did not realize that, and that he thought the sign idea is a good suggestion.

 

  • On January 30, 2012 our researcher called the Butterball Corporate office and spoke to Anita in the Customer Service Department.  Our researcher explained her understanding that Butterball turkeys in the US are halal slaughtered, that this information was recently taken off their website, that she was told this information personally on the phone a couple of days before Thanksgiving and the same information was given to thousands of other people who called Butterball at that time -- plus there are articles on the internet stating that Butterball turkeys in the US are halal slaughtered.   Anita said that the Butterball Customer Service Department misunderstod what was required to be "halal."  They thought that because they were following the USDA guidelines, that those were the same guidelines required for halal slaughter.  Anita said they were given "talking points" that said there is no prayer said over the animal when it is killed in the U.S.  She did agree that their turkeys are Halal Certified outside of the U.S.  Our researcher responded that Butterball misinformed the entire nation about their turkeys.  It is very suspicious that they neither made the correction in the news media nor on their website.  Anita just apologized and said she'd give this information to the appropriate person who could choose to provide notice on the website or to the public through media.  Our researcher's conclusion is that she doesn't necessarily believe Butterball at this point but on the other hand she can't prove anything either.  Her conclusion is to presume that Butterball turkeys in the US are not halal until there is a way to prove that they are, but since there are other choices of turkeys to purchase, it would probably be best to steer clear of the issue by choosing another brand.

 

  • On January 10, 2012, a spokesperson for Pizza Hut confirmed on the phone to our researcher that none of the meats used by Pizza Hut in the United States are halal.

 

  • On January 9, 2012, corporate Subway confirmed by memo that it does not have any halal products in their foods in the United States.

 

  • Our crack researcher obtained a national telephone number for Subway on December 6, and placed a call.  The women our researcher spoke with said she would make sure the appropriate corporate representative would receive our information request.  She also offered that she was not authorized to answer any questions about "halal" but that nevertheless Subway has no halal products in Subway foods.  For that reason, we "unofficially" list Subway as non-halal, but we await official corporate confirmation of that fact.

 

  • On November 28, our very own crack researcher spoke with a representative for Campbell Soup company corporate and was told the following: in Canada, Campbells sells 13 soups that are halal.  In the US they have no halal products.  In Canada, they put two designations on their products: 1) a circle with a capital "M" inside and the left side of the circle is a darkened crescent; and 2) "ISNA".  The representative said they sell their products in hundreds of countries but was not sure of the halal status in countries other than Canada or the US.

 

  • On November 27, 2011, one of our crack researchers asked an employee in the meat department at the Market of Choice in Eugene, Oregon on Willamette Street whether 1) they get any of their lamb from Australia; and 2) whether any of their meats are halal (and the researcher also confirmed with the employee what that meant).  Our researcher was told that 1) Market of Choice does not get any lamb from Australia, and all comes from the Willamette Valley (local to Oregon); and 2) none of their meat is halal.

 

  • On 25 November 2011, the local Costco Wholesale establishment in Eugene, Oregon was called and an employee in the meat market stated that all of the lamb in Costco is from Australia and is halal slaughtered.

 

  • We are also awaiting a phone response from the District Manager for Pizza Hut as to whether they have halal slaughter products in their food.

 

  • We have a call pending for Winco (Eugene, Oregon) to determine which meats other than Butterball turkeys are halal slaughtered.

 

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