Many meat producers in America and Australia (and maybe more Western countries) are now slaughtering their animals for the market in accordance with the halal requirements of islamic law. They do this for several reasons, not the least of which is market share among muslims. The United States Department of Agriculture even encourages this ritual for slaughter houses in an effort to gain market share around the world and here at home among the ever increasing muslim population.
Halal is an Arabic term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to islamic law. The term is also used to designate food seen as permissible according to islamic law (shari'a). The opposite of this word is haraam.
Below are the various uses of the word.
Adjective: 1. ritually slaughtered; describes meat from animals that have been slaughtered in the ritual way prescribed by islamic law. 2. of halal meat; relating to halal meat
Noun: meat from ritually slaughtered animals; meat from animals that have been slaughtered in the ritual way prescribed by islamic law
Verb tense: (past and past participle ha·lalled, present participle ha·lal·ling, 3rd person present singular ha·lals): to slaughter animals ritually; to slaughter animals for meat in the ritual way prescribed by islamic law
Below is the US government’s official policy statement on this matter. It shows just how far this nation has descended into the pits of hell in their drive to appease islam.
Contrary to the overall declining trend in the United States’ lamb, mutton, and goat consumption, there is a growing, high-value market to be found among the American Muslim population. Entrance into this particular market, as well as Muslim markets overseas, requires Halal certification.
Halal is an islamic religious term used to describe food that is “lawful” to eat. It is similar to Kosher in the Yahuwdiyth (Jewish) religion in many ways. Many slaughterhouses in the United States already meet the standards set by the American Muslim community for Halal status. The USDA has had a policy on Halal labeling in effect since 1996. Halal requirements are not difficult to meet, and the USDA believes that any American slaughterhouse should be able to comply with the new Halal policy. The general requirements state that the animal must be humanely treated en route to and at the slaughterhouse. The throat must be slit in a certain way, while the word “allah” (whom they call God) is said. The blood must then be drained from the body. It is vital that the sheep carcass does not come in contact with pork, or anything that has ever touched pork, at the slaughterhouse.
The U.S. government is negotiating with several major Muslim countries to gain acceptance of U.S. Halal standards as equivalent to their own. This will open more markets to U.S. lamb and mutton exporters, as at least twenty Muslim countries require Halal certification for meat. There are 1.5 billion Muslims throughout the world, so the potential market for Halal meat is very large. Currently the United States is negotiating with Saudi Arabia (any agreement would extend to the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council: Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain), Egypt, and Malaysia.
There is a market in Saudi Arabia every year for live sheep that meet Halal standards for sacrifice: over the age of six months, in good health, and showing no defects. Between one and two million sheep are sacrificed at the end of the Haj (pilgrimage to Mecca) every year. New Zealand and several Middle Eastern and African states currently dominate the live export market to Saudi Arabia.
A good example of the benefits of Halal certification is New Zealand’s export lamb and mutton industry. New Zealand, which does not have the incentive of a domestic muslim population like the United States, has had an official Halal program since 1983. Today New Zealand is the largest exporter of Halal slaughtered lamb and mutton in the world. As their market in muslim countries increased, New Zealand expanded Halal production. In 1881 there were 29 approved Halal slaughtering plants, and by 1998 the number increased to 42. Approximately 78 per cent of all sheep slaughter (and 50 percent of beef) in New Zealand is Halal certified today. They ship Halal meat to both Halal and non-Halal markets. New Zealand found Halal slaughter to be so easy and so profitable that it was cost effective for them to send animals to Halal slaughterhouses regardless of whether the meat would be exported to a Halal market or not.
Now what does it mean to the average non-muslim citizen if the food they buy has been slaughtered in accordance with this islamic law?
Below is an explanation of the ritual that will explain and give the answer to that question.
The animal must first be one of “halal,” or a “lawful” animal. Certain animals, such as swine, are forbidden. The animal’s head must be placed toward the “qiblah,” which is the direction of muslim prayer (toward Makkah). Then, using a well-sharpened knife, a swift, deep incision is made that cuts the throat, the carotid artery, wind pipe, and jugular veins but leaves the spinal cord intact. All of this is accomplished while reciting a prayer dedicating the animal to “allah.”
That prayer to “allah” makes this a sacrifice to a pagan deity and therefore not acceptable for a follower of Yahushua to eat. It is basically a sacrifice to an idol, which “allah” truly is, and when we are aware of such, then it is forbidden to us.
One of the largest producers of turkeys for the holidays in America, the Butterball Corporation, complies with halal in all their slaughters. They, along with other corporations adhering to islamic law as they are discovered, must be boycotted by those who consider themselves to be faithful followers of Yahuwah and scripture. To do anything else is to violate the commandments of Yahuwah.