Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2011]
So yesterday I shopped for groceries at my local Walmart. As usual, I bought a bag of frozen chicken breasts, but this time I checked to make sure the meat was not labeled "Halal". Here's why.
Halal is the Islamic term that basically means the meat is lawful to eat for a devout Muslim. What makes it lawful or acceptable is that the meat has been processed in a very specific way. Unlike kosher food, where the physical processing of the meat is the focus, for Islam it is the spiritual component that makes the meat lawful.
For lawful (halal) meat in Islam, the animal must be killed while the butcher faces Mecca, and either the butcher cries "Allah Akbar" or a tape plays the words over a loud speaker.
Ann Barnhardt is a cattle commodities broker, has more about "Halal." NEVER buy meat that is marked as "Halal".
I am in the cattle business, and believe me when I tell you that Halal kill plants are CONSTANTLY being cited and shut down by the USDA for horrific, infractions. Most of these plants are in Michigan and upstate New York.
One of the things that halal kill plants are notorious for is putting already-dead animals in the human consumption line. They will go pick up a dead cow off of a farm or ranch and instead of putting it in their rendering tank where the resulting "tankage" is worth pennies on the dollar as pet food or industrial products, they will shackle the dead animal on the normal kill line and process it as human food which is the highest-dollar product.
Since Islam teaches dishonesty (taqiyyah) and no regard for one’s neighbor, this kind of sickening behavior is standard.
Halal plants are also notorious for general citations for filth and uncleanliness. I have toured normal cattle slaughter plants, and guys, you could eat off of the floor.
Everything is white and men walk around with water hoses and steam guns constantly keeping everything in a state of spotlessness.
Halal plants are filthy. A lot of Halal meat is also labeled as "organic."
Origins: Halal is an Arabic word meaning "lawful" or "permissible" (the opposite of haraam, which means "unlawful" or "forbidden"). When applied to consumables, halal references foods that conform to Islamic dietary guidelines as specified in the Qu'ran. (Food products that are not considered halal include pork, alcohol, any type of blood, and meat from carnivorous animals.) Any meat products must come from animals which have undergone a prescribed method of slaughtering (known as dhabihah) in order to be considered halal:
In 1998, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognized the growing potential of domestic and foreign markets for U.S.-produced halal meat products, noting that:
Halal is an Islamic religious term used to describe food that is "lawful" to eat. It is similar to Kosher in the Jewish religion in many ways. Many slaughterhouses in the United States already meet the standards set by the American Muslim community for Halal status. The USDA has had a policy on Halal labeling in effect since 1996. Halal requirements are not difficult to meet, and the USDA believes that any American slaughterhouse should be able to comply with the new Halal policy.
The U.S. government is negotiating with several major Muslim countries to gain acceptance of U.S. Halal standards as equivalent to their own. This will open more markets to U.S. lamb and mutton exporters, as at least twenty Muslim countries require Halal certification for meat. There are 1.5 billion Muslims throughout the world, so the potential market for Halal meat is very large.
It is not accurate to assert that a primary or major difference between kosher and halal methods of processing meat is a focus on the physical in the former case and the spiritual in the latter case. Islamic dietary guidelines are similar to Jewish kosher dietary guidelines in that both sanction the religious blessing of food as well as the manner of the handling and slaughtering of the animal, and both urge consumption of food that is clean and wholesome.
As noted above, in halal processing the head of an animal that is to be slaughtered should be aligned with the qiblah, and animals should be slaughtered in the name of Allah. How the latter aspect is satisfied varies with region and culture; it does not necessarily involve the uttering or recorded playing of the phrase "Allahu Akbar."
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/halal.asp#I52dyZKB1pMdvcf5.99