More than 70 per cent of all chicken slaughtered in Australia is done according to Sharia Law. This means Islamic principles and rituals. Baiada/Steggles and Ingham have more than 70 per cent of the market share and there are other chicken companies like Red Lea who also halal certify their chickens.

They pay around $40,000 per year each factory just in halal certification fees. But there are many more costs involved. I have reported before how in some of these factories six Muslim-only men are employed to watch, pray and rotate on a full time basis while a machine does all the slaughtering. That is a few hundred thousand in wages in one processing plant for a service that around 2 per cent of the Australian population requires.

Usually at this point the naysayers like to jump on the, “it’s for export” bandwagon. Nuh-uh!

Chicken.org.au reports the following:

This means that virtually all chicken meat eaten in Australia is grown in Australia. Also, almost all chicken meat produced in Australia is consumed locally, with just under five per cent being exported. Australian chicken meat is exported primarily to South Africa, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and the South Pacific islands (DAFF), 2011). http://www.chicken.org.au/industryprofile/downloads/the_australian_chicken_meat_industry_an_industry_in_profile.pdf

These are not countries where Islam is a primary religion or market.

How is it that Baiada/Steggles and Ingham have been duped into paying halal certification fees? 

How is it that more than 70 per cent of all chicken slaughtered in Australia is subject to an Islamic religious practice and fees and yet only 2% of the consumers are actual Muslim?

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Beegle
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Beegle

I just looked at ” halal choices” ( thank you Kirralie ) Inglewood farm chicken is non halal. On another point , for years I paid extra for SPC Ardmona canned tomatoes because they were Australian. Now I find out they’ve used that extra money to buy halal certification . My hate for the koran over rides my want to buy Australian . I’ll just be buying the cheapest Italian tomatoes from here on . Sneaky greedy bastards.

RossMartin
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RossMartin

Exactly Willey, and the store manager has been on the spot more than once now. Imagine if it was an organized campaign, Coles this week, Woolworths next week, 20 shoppers at six or seven checkouts, backing the system up, those behind them walking out in disgust and leaving their trolleys full of goods to be put back on the shelves. It can and will work.

kwilley50
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kwilley50

codsy, that wasn’t your point at all. Your point was to make a pointless comparison between wages and real business expenses and an extortion racket. Then, just how do you propose that a boycott of the “Majors” be carried out. There are many towns in the country where the locals don’t have a choice of where they shop because the “Majors” have driven all the alternatives out of business. “This insidious tax has ‘caught us bending’. Rubbish, it has been around since the early 80’s and the government of this country let it happen and even assisted it. Ross Martin’s… Read more »

Bertwills
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Bertwills

We know its a con. But the majority of producers think they will make more money if they go Halal. Don’t know why, because there are only 480,000 Muslims in Australia, mostly Sunnis. There are 23,130,000 of the rest of us. Many of them dont give a shit how the animals are killed as long as they dont find a maggot in the meat. If the producers want to be the target for extortion it shows their mentality.

RossMartin
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RossMartin

I did codsy, and went through my usual ritual, this time 7 halal items to be checked through, and then rejected ‘upon closer examination’, and had to be deducted and returned to the shelves. A queue developed, people were pi$$ed off, and that is the only language supermarket managers will understand, and take it to their masters that this halal scam isn’t so good for their businesses. Get on board everybody and do what I do. So whose side are you on codsy? Are you with us or the ragheads?

Happydayz
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Happydayz

Kirrilie, any chance of someone using their imagination and come up with a stand out car sticker to alert the general public to the extortion and cruelty to animals.

KerrAvon
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KerrAvon

Thomas Jefferson said “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical” Surely a President ahead of his time, if only the US had him today rather than Obama the appeaser

Rubyred
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Rubyred

Yes I did. but with care.. The last chicken I bought from there was awful. Perhaps it didn’t do it any good to be prayed over by a raghead.

bigglesofPerth
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bigglesofPerth

My Halal effort. Sent my Halal complaint to local Federal MP Julie Bishop. Letter flick passed to Ian Macfarlane (industry). Reply weeks later, and standard reply, is Australian exports need to be competitive and halal is the same as organic, heart smart or kosher branding. Can not recall heart smart threats to boycott products if protection monies were not paid or sending monies to support terrorism? Then the empty fob off I need to learn more about Halal and here is a web site. Final insult was I should inform Federal Police if I knew about any illegal Halal activity.… Read more »