Some people really don’t understand what halal means

A restaurant in Western Australia is copping a flogging for serving halal meat.

The dopey owner thinks that halal just means that the animal was blessed without realising that there is actually a prescribed manner in which the animal must be killed.

A WEST Australian cafe owner says she was horrified to cop abuse from strangers on social media for selling halal meat, but has also been swamped by messages of support.

Mahaini Taylor, owner of Bunbury’s Mots Cafe, which sells traditional Cocos Malay cuisine food, said one negative review on their Facebook page sparked a torrent of anti-Islamic comments. “It’s been really overwhelming. It’s been crazy online,” she told ABC radio on Wednesday.

“There were a lot of irrelevant things … that we’re supporting terrorism and all of that. It was a real shock. It’s horrible.”

She said it appeared many of the people who had posted the comments didn’t properly understand what halal meat was, so the cafe embarked on an online education campaign.

Sounds promising…but wait.

“Halal meat is no different to any meat anywhere around the world,” the cafe posted. “The only difference is how it’s been slaughtered. Halal meat is hand slaughtered. Halal is simply blessing the animal with words of appreciation, and the sacrifice of its life, to feed mankind.”

Yeah, nah.

Halal meat must be not only slaughtered in a prescribed manner it must also be prepared according to Shariah law. 

This is the proper way halal meat is slaughtered:

Dhabīḥah (ذَبِيْحَة) is the prescribed method of slaughter for all meat sources, excluding fish and other sea-life, per Islamic law. This method of slaughtering animals consists of using a well-sharpened knife to make a swift, deep incision that cuts the front of the throat, the carotid artery, windpipe, and jugular veins. The head of an animal that is slaughtered using halal methods is aligned with the qiblah. In addition to the direction, permitted animals should be slaughtered upon utterance of the Islamic prayer “in the name of God.”

In other words Halal killing dictates the animal faces Mecca when it is killed and it must bleed to death, not be otherwise slaughtered. We get around this in NZ by only stunning the animal with electric prongs thru the head and then slitting the throat whilst it is stunned. Only a Muslim can slaughter the animal. Most killing chains in NZ underwent re-alignment so we could export meat to Iran, I believe this happened in the 80s.

This is far from just giving an animal a “blessing”.

Personally it doesn’t matter to me at all…meat is meat it has to die somehow. I prefer mine organic…as in I’m the one who chose the animal and then killed it and butchered it myself…but many people think meat magically appears on the plastic tray in the supermarket and is grown like that.

However it is dead wrong to say that halal meat is just meat that got a blessing.

Check out this video from FIANZ (Federation of Islamic Associations New Zealand. There is a bit of a fright 7:28 as a word of warning. The slaughtering process is shown at 8:10….not just a blessing there I’m afraid.

If you are squeamish at watching animals being slaughtered then don’t watch the video.



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