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Muslim Discontent over Halal Meat - 09/07/2007
 
Muslims are being urged to boycott meat during July in a campaign demanding an independent organization to monitor halal standards. Abdul Raja, instigator of the campaign, argues that “if Muslims bought no meat each Saturday and Sunday this month halal standards would have to be tightened” (Meat Trades Journal, 06 July 2007). He promises that “this government will take notice: money talks”.
Muslims are being urged to boycott meat during July in a campaign demanding an independent organization to monitor halal standards. Abdul Raja, instigator of the campaign, argues that “if Muslims bought no meat each Saturday and Sunday this month halal standards would have to be tightened” (Meat Trades Journal, 06 July 2007). He promises that “this government will take notice: money talks”.

Dr Yunes Teinaz, advisor to the Islamic Cultural Centre and the London Central Mosque Trust seeks “a government-supervised body for the sale and production of halal meat”. However, Masood Khawaja, spokesman for the Halal Food Authority, which licenses slaughterhouses and retailers, dismisses the boycott as “preposterous” and that “halal standards were high in the UK”. Perhaps no one could be more independent than “the government’s new agriculture supremo, Hilary Benn”, a vegetarian of long standing and he has “admitted” to the MTJ that he had been a veggie for 35 years.  
 
 

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