Over on Up Pompeii (thank you, DP111) there's a post shining a light on the truly massive scale to which this 'halal epidemic' has grown in the UK alone. But as we noted before, this is not an issue in isolated countries, this concerns the food industry in all EUnion members.
The Halal market is worth about £1 Trillion per annum and the OIC (organization of Islamic countries) want this to grow especially in the European market, the OIC have approached Turkey to further this cause, why Turkey? well it is the main food producer to the Islamic world and there is still a possibility that Turkey may gain entry into the EU which would facilitate the further spread of Halal products throughout Europe. OIC urges Turkey to take the lead in $1 trillion halal food marketWhat follows is a truly frightening list of food suppliers, from supermarket products to restaurants, caterers and sandwich and snack manufacturers that have sought, and received, the halal seal of approval.
The post includes the thoughts of Dr. North, who succinctly describes the (bad) choice being made by the industry:
The choice is either to introduce a separate production line or to take the cost-cutting option of having just one production line, Richard North writes. But in this one-size-fits-all world, it’s not the most humane and dignified method of slaughter – the one enshrined in British and EU law – that wins out.
No, the ‘one-size’ is the less humane method of killing tailored to the religious demands of just four per cent of the population. Since it is not illegal to palm off halal meat on non-Muslims, that is being done on a massive scale. And there is nothing the Government or the EU can or will do about it.
Thus, commercial greed has found a way of circumventing a law that we, in our ignorance, expect to be obeyed and that we have a right to see obeyed. We do not expect commercial interests to prevail, on a technicality, over something that many campaigned for – the humane slaughter of our animals. This is not only commercially wrong, morally it is a disgrace.
For years and decades campaigners have strived for a modicum of respect in the process of providing us our daily bread, for humane treatment of animals, up to and including the moment of their death. But when push comes to shove the industry chooses to reduce our civilization, to reduce us as humans and stewards of the animals we keep. And they do so without being upfront about it, without telling us, so we may look for more agreeable alternatives. They have tainted our food and played us for fools. And it is about time we spoke up.