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Updated 8 May 2014

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Many of Australia’s abattoir are now engaged in halal killing. This entails a cruel and drawn out death for our animals.

The practice harks back to ancient times when animals were slaughtered as offerings to the gods; when suffering for animals and humans was most favourable to the gods. In these enlightened times in the Western World, why do we allow this to go on in a modern country like Australia?

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In light of the Four Corners’  recent documentary about cruel practices in Indonesian abattoir carried out on  Australian  cattle, the following article written in November 2010 is very interesting.

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Photo: THE MAIL ONLINE

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The Mail Online headline reads:

Halal meat is being served in schools, hospitals and pubs-even though vets say Islamic slaughter is cruel.

– by Danny Penman.

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Even as Mr Penman stands outside the abattoir, close to a city centre, in the early hours of the morning, he can hear the pitiful bleating of lambs being slaughtered.  He enters the abattoir and takes photos with a hidden camera. It appears to me from what Mr Penman has reported, that halal practices vary;  certainly between those in Britain and those in Indonesia which we witnessed in the documentary.  Halal killing supposedly follows ancient practices as dictated by the Koran, but even those are apparently open to interpretation.

This particular butcher Mr Penman refers to, slaughters around 1000 animals each night.  Most animals are sheep and goats, but there is some cattle as well.

Hundreds of sheep and lambs are held in small pens; a few try to escape by leaping over the rails.  The noises are of machinery, bleating animals and men uttering prayers.  The animals are herded on to a conveyor belt that takes them to the slaughtermen. Grabbing one at a time the meat worker pulls back  the sheep’s head and slits its throat.  While blood is gushing everywhere, the man recites an Islamic prayer. One of the supervisors explains to Mr Penman that “Animals that are stunned are not halal; an animal that is unconscious is not going to listen to prayer. In the Holy Book, it says that the animal should listen to the prayers of Allah.  If it is unconscious, then it wont be able to do that.”   I can’t see how prayer is going to mean anything to a terrified animal!

To quote Mr Penman: “Lamb after lamb has its throat sliced open while fully conscious. They make pitiful bleating and gurgling sounds as they choke on their own blood.  It’s a chilling sound, that once heard, stays with you for days”.  Even though the knife cuts deep into the animal’s neck, severing windpipe and main artery, but not their spinal cord, each animal is still able to cry out. It takes up to 30 seconds for each sheep or lamb to die, or longer, depending on the accuracy of the cut.  The distraught animals in turn watch each other being slaughtered and crying out. Then they are hanged upside down sometimes while still alive, so that their blood drips freely to the floor and into gutters.

Killing an animal in a British abattoir without stunning it first is illegal.  However there is a legal loophole which does allow this for religious purposes.  There are many halal butchers in Melbourne and I wonder how many of these have been investigated for needless cruelty.  Isn’t it a bit hypocritical of the Australian government to ignore what is going on in its own backyard yet has banned live animal exports to Indonesia for the same reasons.  I am not suggesting that halal butchers in Australia are treating animals as badly as those that were filmed on the Four Corners programme, but halal butchery is cruel to animals nevertheless and should be banned in Australia.

Halal meat producers in Australia and Britain refuse to allow inspections of their abattoir.  This in itself is worrying.  Another important factor is that there is essentially one law for muslims and another for non-muslims. History shows that this type of cultural separation is a dangerous  path for any government to go down.  The official line for our governments is “We are not opposed to halal as long as the animals are stunned before they are slaughtered”.  But who is watching?

In Britain, large supermarket chains carry halal slaughtered meat, but the meat is not labelled as such, so consumers are unaware of the fact that muslim butchers are running abattoir that supply meat to their supermarket they shop at, and the numbers of halal butchers are growing.  I don’t believe that there has been any investigation into this matter in Australia, but I am sure Australians would also like to know whether or not our farm animals are being butchered humanely for local supermarkets.

According to Mr Penman, some halal butchers in Britain do stun animals before they are killed, but this is causing great tensions amid muslim communities. It boils down once again to interpretation of the Koran. Those muslims who stun animals before slaughtering them counter that the Koran stipulates that the Prophet forbids an animal to be aware of death during slaughter.  If there was one law for all, there would be less strife, I am sure.

I was stunned myself to read that a spokesman for Tesco in Britain says that the only halal meat they sell in their supermarkets is frozen New Zealand lamb!  However, this is not accurate as further investigation by the reporter confirmed that  most British supermarkets sell non-stunned halal meat, that is ‘authentically halal’.  In France and Belgium almost all meat is authentically halal killed.  Is the western world being overtaken by halal butchery?

Mr Penman says in his article that he saw no mindless cruelty to the animals as  witnessed in Indonesian abattoir.

What I find most disturbing in all of this, is that Australian and NZ farm animals are well cared for, are used to friendly human contact, and so are very trusting.  Then they are exposed to the very worst of humanity, especially in the case of  the treatment they receive at authentically halal abattoir.

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Although Jewish Kosher killing of animals is far less than Halal killing, it uses a similar inhumane method. Time for Muslims and Jews to upgrade cruel  methods of killing animals in their abattoir.

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Hina – A Beautiful Young Woman With Her Life in Front of Her.

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Hina was a beautiful 20-year-old who emigrated with her Pakistani family to Italy.  She lived with her Italian boyfriend, smoked, was happy and free. In other words, she became westernised; Hina came to Italy an Asian girl and grew into a western woman.   And, she had refused an arranged marriage.   Therefore, her father killed her, slitting her throat 28 times because his honour had been sullied.

He then garnered support from members of  his extended family to help him bury Hina’s body in the back garden of his home.  Did he think none of her friends would miss her?  No, because Hina was once again his possession.  He has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment;  plenty of time to pray to Allah.

The United Nations Population Fund believes that, globally, as many as 5,000 women and girls are killed each year by members of their own family in the name of ‘honour’.  This figure, many believe, is the tip of the iceberg.

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Alicia Gali – A Brave Young Woman From Queensland

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Alicia Gali made the mistake of working in UAE, a muslim country.  She spent eight months in a United Arab Emirates jail for adultery after complaining to police about being drugged and raped by co-workers. Alicia, 29, detailed her harrowing ordeal after filing a Queensland lawsuit against the five-star international resort where the attack allegedly took place in 2008.

Warning other women against going to the UAE, Alicia said she endured eight months in a crowded prison room with up to 30 other women after she complained to authorities about the assault. Apart from her family, no one in Australia knew Alicia had been jailed for adultery and illegal drinking, because Australian embassy staff advised her and her family not to go to the media.

“It was just traumatising,” she said. “Everything that happened was the worst thing that somebody could go through.”

“You’re just totally alone in a foreign country, with no assistance from your employer or the embassy.”  Alicia, a salon manager at the resort, said she had been in the staff bar, where she was told she could legally drink, when another employee put the drug, ice, in her drink.

It was the last thing Alicia remembered before waking the next day in her room with painful injuries. “I didn’t know what had happened. I was traumatised, I felt ill. I didn’t even remember getting there or what had happened”.  It was only when she took herself to hospital did she realise she had been sexually assaulted.

Later she learned she had been heard screaming in the hotel and security guards had found men hiding in her room, where she was naked and unconscious.  When she was discharged from hospital she was asked to go to a police station to make a statement and then speak in front of a judge.   “I realised when I was put in a police car that I was being taken to jail.”

Alicia said she was never warned by her UAE employers that she could be charged with adultery and face prison if she complained of being raped, without having four adult male Muslims as witnesses.   “I didn’t even know what the charges were until five months into my sentence”.

Three of the men Alicia claimed sexually abused her were jailed, but for adultery and not rape.   After serving eight months of a 12-month sentence, Alicia was pardoned, released, and flew home in March 2009.  Since then she has been treated for post traumatic stress disorder, suffered claustrophobia and flashbacks.  “I felt depressed, angry and confused”.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn on Thursday filed a damages claim in the Supreme Court in Brisbane, alleging Ms Gali’s employer failed to warn her of the risk of being drugged, raped, charged with adultery and jailed if she complained.   Solicitor Melissa Payne said it was a complex legal case and they would consult experts in UAE law.

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These two cases represent the clash between dark age religious beliefs and western freedoms.  Islam means ‘submission’ therefore  muslims must submit to the power of Allah and  women must submit to the power of men.

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The American Pastor Terry Jones, said that the burning of the Koran was a success and ‘a once-in-a-lifetime experience’. One wonders what he meant by ‘a success’.  Pastor  Jones, a fundamentalist Christian,  oversaw the torching of a copy of the Muslim holy book on Sunday, after staging a mock ‘trial’ in which it was found guilty of what he described as ‘crimes against humanity’.  The ‘jury’ in the case had heard arguments from a ‘prosecutor’ and a ‘defender’ of the Koran before sentencing it to ‘death by execution’.   Is he using human terms for the Koran because he is too afraid to ‘try’ the author?

I have never read the Koran, but a muslim acquaintance told me that it is all about interpretation, and unfortunately fundamentalist muslims  interpret verses in the Koran as catalysts for acts of brutality to infidels, ie anyone who is a non-muslim.  The majority of muslims don’t read such senseless violence into what is written in their holy book.  The same can be said of the Christian bible,  both books written hundreds of years ago. Most decent Christians and muslims only want the best for their families; for their children and grandchildren to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.

How can the pastor’s stance be anything other than an attention-grabbing one?  Or perhaps the man is mentally ill.  It just doesn’t make sense, that an intelligent man could verbalise such rubbish as:  ‘After listening to ‘evidence’ and arguments from both sides, the jury pronounced the Koran ‘guilty’ of five ‘crimes against humanity’ including the promotion of terrorist acts and ‘the death, rape and torture of people worldwide whose only crime is not being of the Islamic faith’.  The Koran’s ‘punishment’ was determined by the results of an online poll. Besides burning, the options had included shredding, drowning and facing a firing squad. Voters had chosen to set fire to the book, according to a video of the proceedings.  Hasn’t this church leader and his small congregation got better things to do, such as helping the sick and the poor?

“It is not that we burn the Koran with some type of vindictive motive,” Mr. Jones said. “We do not even burn it with great pleasure or any pleasure at all. We burn it because we feel a deep obligation to stay with the court system of America. The court system of America does not allow convicted criminals to go free. And that is why we feel obligated to do this.”   Mahatma Gandhi was reputed to have said something along the lines of: “There is nothing wrong with Christianity.  Christians are the problem”.   One could say the same about Islam and muslims.

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All this mindless stupidity on both sides achieved nothing but senseless  killingsNews Item:

Stirred up by a trio of angry mullahs who urged them to avenge the burning of a Koran at a Florida church, thousands of protesters overran the compound of the United Nations in this northern Afghan city, killing at least 12 people, Afghan and United Nations officials said. The dead included at least seven United Nations workers — four Nepalese guards and three Europeans from Romania, Sweden and Norway — according to United Nations officials in New York. One was a woman.  Five Afghans were also killed.

See  Burning  Books Leads to More…

Burning the Koran; English Al Jazeera

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Mad American Christian Pastor, Terry Jones

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Terry Jones has published a guide called Ten Reasons to Burn a Koran; railed against the rights of women to have abortions; and describes homosexuality as ‘a sin’. When Pastor Jones was in Germany, his daughter Emma, one of his three children, described the church, run by Dove World Outreach, as a cult and accused them of financial and workplace abuse.

Dove World Outreach is funded by the pastor’s furniture firm, TS & Company, which buys vintage items from Europe and sells them in the US. The employees are members of the church, who are understood to work for no wages and live rent-free in run-down properties owned by the pastor and his wife.

Perhaps this pastor should heed an old warning: When you point the finger of accusation at someone, be careful what you say, because there are three fingers pointing back at you.

Book burning destroys more than books

Please let’s stop this burning of books now, regardless of who is doing it.  It is not just about paper and papyrus; it can begin a chain of unstoppable events including ethnic cleansing.

There is a long history of  Catholics  and Muslims burning books and indeed whole libraries have been destroyed in the past usually after invasions and by fanatics of opposing religions.  We have lost so much of our seminal cultural heritage and irreplaceable literature.  For instance,  the Library of Baghdad with its famous archives of translations  from Persian classics and Aristotle into Arabic.   The Library of Baghdad held so much of humanity’s early intellectual property such as Islamic science, mathematics, geography, medicine and chemistry, drawing on Pythagoras, Plato,  Hippocrates etc.  How much we  have all lost by acts of violence and sheer stupidity.

The Catholics burned ancient Maya Codices.  The Vatican held  (and still holds)  ‘Lists’ of books that they decided  the populace should not read,  and in the past have burned in bonfires (see… Islam, Christianity & The Vatican Library). In China,  Classics of Poetry and  History were burned by opposing dynasties.  The Nazis loved to burn books while destroying universities and libraries.   Sarajevo  was famous for its traditional religious diversity, with adherents of Catholicism, Judaism, Orthodoxy and Islam,  coexisting there for centuries.Due to this long and rich history of religious diversity and coexistence Sarajevo has often been called the “Jerusalem of Europe”.  However, during the Balkans war in the early 1990s,  the National Library of Sarajevo was destroyed.  What followed all of the above destruction is well documented; perhaps we need to remind ourselves of the old saying that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

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What was left of the National Sarajevo Library after being targeted by the Serbs

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