Halal slaughter causes needless pain and suffering to animals, and that it is permitted to take place in the UK today is a scandal. I am unhappy to see that the management of ASDA’s Isle of Dogs store has decided that henceforth only halal meat will be available from its fresh meat counter.
The Sunday Express reports that
“Asda insisted it was “responding to customer demand” and had done a deal with a local halal butcher to reflect the ethnic make up of the area’s population. Yet figures show that while the borough of Tower Hamlets is almost half Muslim, the Isle of Dogs is about 80 per cent non-Bangladeshi. Workers at the store said furious non-Muslim customers would not [buy] meat derived from cutting the throats of animals and letting them bleed to death.”
This is but the most recent example of the creeping Islamisation of the United Kingdom, one that in this instance is passed off as “responding to customer demand”. Consider this: if we have now reached a stage where the presence of a concentrated body of so-called mainstream Muslims can result in the imposition of shariah-compliant practices, it is only a matter of time before their demographic weight translates into the imposition of other aspects of shariah which will also be forced onto non-Muslims. Islam is incompatible with all other social systems and we must do all that we can to resist and turn back the encroachment of Islamic practices in our country.
ASDA’s bottom line is its bottom line. If the company wishes to respond to customer demand, then let us show it what we want by shopping elsewhere and demanding that it drops its halal policy. I pledge to boycott ASDA. Write to ASDA to express your dissatisfaction with its decision to promote inhumane treatment of animals and state that you’ll not shop at any of its stores until it is reversed. For information on the British Humanist Association’s campaign to end halal and kosher slaughter without pre-stunning visit http://www.humanism.org.uk/campaigns/ethical-issues/Ritual-Slaughter
Reference: “Asda in Halal Storm”, Ted Jeory, The Sunday Express, 8 November 2009, http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/138895/Asda-in-halal-storm