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Don’t be a Fence-sitter: Facts to Know About Boycott Halal Foods and Companies

The boycott on halal foods is fast catching fire in Australia. A group that calls itself “Boycott Halal in Australia” has already grown into a 36,000-member online group. The group claims that halal certification is pushing up the prices of the goods and that the money is being used to finance terrorism activities.

You can read the details of this news in Alex Mann’s report at ABC News – News Section entitled Campaign to boycott halal food gains momentum in Australia after yoghurt company ditches certification.”

boycott halal foodsA campaign to boycott halal-certified food is gaining momentum across Australia, with groups claiming that certification pushes up prices and the money goes towards funding terrorism…

“Companies ask for feedback, but it appears they don’t like negative feedback, alright?” one of the group’s leaders, Trish Delaney told 7.30…

“Some companies say, we absorb the costs, well we say, you’re not much of a business, because businesses don’t absorb costs, they pass it on,” she said.

The campaign has brought together like-minded campaigners from across Australia, including former One Nation candidate and anti-mosque campaigner Mike Holt.

Mr Holt said he was not surprised that the Fleurieu Milk and Yoghurt Company had received so much abuse.

“If they don’t change their ways and start acting as patriotic Australians, they deserve what they get. It’s market forces,” he said.

All these boycott campaigns are said to be ‘damaging local companies.’ For instance, the social media campaign was able to stop Fleurieu Milk and Yoghurt Company from getting its halal certification. Its communications manager, Nick Hutchinson said, “We gave in, and decided that the negative publicity and the bullying outweighed what we were gaining from the halal certification.”

Hutchinson said applying for halal certification was a necessary step to be able to comply with the Emirates Airline’s contract of $50,000 worth of yoghurt. That opened up a business market for the company. Once he confirmed this deal, however, his response was splashed across Facebook; that started bashings from anti-halal groups and members. He believes that the boycott campaign is seriously damaging opportunities for local companies.

Why would certain blocs want halal certification to be stopped? Aside from pushing up the prices of halal foods and alleged supporting of terroristic activities, what else is there for you to know?

In a related news from the ABC News (ABCRadioNational – Programs Section), you can gather other information in its featured news entitledWhat’s the big fuss about Halal certification?”

… So why do some consumers object? Bush Telegraph investigates.

Increased trade with the Middle East and South East Asia means Halal certification is a booming business in Australia.

The sector is projected to be worth $1.6 trillion worldwide by 2050, and Australian food exporters are racing to get into the market.

Halal food has been prepared according to Islamic law, and is free from pork products, alcohol and certain other ingredients. A variety of Islamic groups are involved in Halal certification, with companies who wish their products to carry a Halal label paying fees for inspection and certification.

According to beef industry journalist Jon Condon, Halal certification is widespread in Australia and can be a big money earner for meat processors.

Condon said that Australia has the reputation and capability to satisfy Halal requirements and it can also serve the country’s economy too. Thus, it is not surprising if Australia is supplying halal products to regions such as the South East Asia, Middle East and other parts of the world.

What are causing a stir in the community? Listen to this… Halal Choices founder Kirralie Smith does not support Halal labeling. She claims that the fees by those applying for the certification is being directed to mosques that in turn is imposing Sharia law in Australia. She also said that “A lot of these companies are just paying the certification because they don’t want the hassle.”

The CEO of Halal Australia, Dr Muhammad Khan, counters with, “What’s wrong with money from Halal certification going to mosques. … “Don’t [Kosher certification organisations] fund their own synagogues? Why can’t the Islamic certification body give donations to mosque projects?”

Indeed, Halal certification is contributing to the growth of many Australian companies in particular and Australia in general. Yet, it is altogether wrong too if the money generated from the certification is pushing up prices and funding illegal terroristic undertakings. Until these issues are clarified, it will be hard for consumers to make an unbiased stand. At best, most will remain as fence sitters until controversies are resolved. 

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