Just like America. Why the subterfuge? Why the utter disregard for consumers' right to know what has happened to their food between the farm and the table?
It certainly appears to be a move to wear down resistance, and to trick consumers into eating something many would not knowingly buy. That would make it easier for food companies to be lazy about labeling and indifferent to customers' concerns, while profiting from foreign and minority markets without consideration for the majority in their home country. In the meantime, they have advanced an ideological agenda -- the foisting of Islamic law on consumers -- for the sake of profit.
Another Australian official raised this issue in February. It seems to have fallen on willfully deaf ears.
A WA Liberal MP has claimed Australians are unknowingly being converted to Islam by eating Halal meat.
Conversion requires the free assent of the will, but it is true that Sharia is being imposed on consumers. In that regard, society is being converted. The halal meat issue is also a vehicle for dawah, or Islamic proselytizing, where it is spun as a mark of pious devotion, and even claimed to be a "humane" form of slaughter.
In a speech to Parliament yesterday, backbencher Luke Simpkins said most Australians did not know that most of the meat they ate came from animals killed in accordance with Muslim law.
“By having Australians unwittingly eating Halal food we are all one step down the path towards the conversion, and that is a step we should only make with full knowledge and one that should not be imposed upon us without us knowing,” Mr Simpkins told Parliament.
“What is happening is wrong. Too often the minorities in this country are looked after without regard to the majority.”
Mr Simpkins said he had carried out an unofficial survey in his northern-suburbs electorate of Cowan and had discovered that most meat at major chains such as Coles or Woolworths had been killed under Halal conditions, but had not been labelled as such.