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Stop the Halaal Trade in South Africa
Petition Background (Preamble):
Because almost all food products and many restaurants in South Africa are already halaal certified, it is almost impossible not to buy halaal certified products. In other words, we are all indirectly forced to buy halaal certified food and pay a halaal “tax” every time we buy food which is our very basic need to survive.
All SA consumers are paying the surcharge for halaal certification. The halaal trade is an Islamic trade system which operates according to the principles and regulations of the religion of Islam. It regards and respects only the religion of Islam. In principle, it benefits only Muslims. Because of its lucrative nature, Muslims gladly participate in it and support it. However, in a country like South Africa where Muslims constitute only about 2% of the population, stamping all the food products as halaal and forcing non-Muslims to pay for the halaal certification is not only unethical but also unconstitutional.
It is even more ridiculous to think that 98% of non-Muslim South Africans will be desperately demanding to eat food offered to the Muslim god and prepared and sold according to Islamic religious regulations. However, worst of all is that we have millions of very poor people in this country who can only buy very basic food. (Kamil Kiroglu and Gate Way News Article)
Consumers are forced to pay for something which they did not ask for and about which they are not informed. Rich, poor, Christian, non-Christian — all are forced to pay for the halaal trade surcharge/tax, which only favours the Muslims.
It is our Christian responsibility to bring this matter into the light of the truth and to do all we can to defend the poor and the weak. (Kamil Kiroglu and Gate Way News Article)
We therefore ask The National Consumer Council to act on our behalf and force the Manufacturers, Wholesalers and Retailers to remove any and every halaal certification stamp from our foods with immediate effect.
The Stop the Halaal Trade in South Africa petition to THE NATIONAL CONSUMER COUNCIL was written by Johan van Schalkwyk and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: stop halaal trade, halaal trade unconstititional, halaal trade unethical