The association “Vigilance Halal” (or, Attention Halal) was founded in 2012 by the veterinarian Alain de Peretti, who also is a National Front supporter. The organization aims to combat ritual slaughter, namely halal, through public ad campaigns and other efforts.
“We are hidden because the State, the industry, and Islam are all in collusion. For economic reasons, France turns a blind eye and finances the Muslim religion and terrorism, all the while informed [of what it is doing],” said Lou Mantély, the association’s spokesperson.
The association has recently released a new label that vendors can adopt, “meat of French tradition.” This label was part of a major marketing campaign that began in 2016 and is aimed at 5,000 butchers. The aim is to aid “in the fight against communitarianism.”
“Our goal is that non halal becomes a commercial trend. This will force the slaughterhouses to do less ritual slaughter,” said Mantély. More than 300 butchers in France and Navarre have adopted the label.
In France the issue of halal meat has often been polemicized in presidential campaigns.
Le Pen has previously stated that “according to the Île-de-France Agricultural Chamber, 100% of meat killed in the region is halal.” She added that “ritual slaughter makes animals suffer, but it also poses numerous questions in terms of tracing the meat’s origins, as well as transparency regarding the products offered to consumers. Ritual slaughter thus causes considerable stress and suffering for the animals killed, which has been shown in numerous videos taken in slaughterhouses that show the animals’ throats being slit while they are still alive…”
Macron, however, has had less to say about the issue. When asked about his position, he stated that “the debate must be respectful of everyone’s spiritual beliefs.” He has spoken out in favor of “all meat (even imports) sold in France to be labeled” in order to “specify the method of slaughter.” Macron called for “additional video surveillance in the slaughterhouses” as well as “inspections by veterinarians.” Unlike Le Pen, however, he has called for these measures to apply to all types of slaughter, not just halal.
12 June 2012
The Dutch Upper House has rejected a ban on ritual animal slaughter without anaesthetizing animals first. Earlier this month Jewish and Islamic organizations had agreed to an agreement stipulating that ritual slaughter was permitted in the case that an animal would be dead forty seconds after the cut was administered to its neck.
Following the agreement, Animal Rights Party member Marianne Thieme has debated the bill in the Dutch Senate. This is the second time the bill has been debated in the Senate: the bill was passed with large majority in the Lower House in June 2011, but stalled in the Upper House in December 2011.
June 5 2012
Religious leaders in the Netherlands have signed an agreement with Deputy Minister Henk Bleker amending the terms of ritual animal slaughter in the country. The agreement states that an animal must be unconscious within forty seconds of the cut to its throat, or else must be stunned. The minister, interest groups and the slaughterhouse association have all signed the agreement.
The accord, Bleker states, provides “a good balance… between religious freedom and the improvement of the welfare of animals.” Rasit Bal, chair of the Muslim and Government Contact Group, stated that he is happy the agreement enables Muslims to continue to practice halal ritual slaughter in the country.
The agreement comes into force next week, ending negotiations over a proposed ban on ritual slaughter which have carried on since June 2011. A scientific advice committee has been established to answer any questions about the new procedures.
14 December 2011
A debate in the Netherlands over a proposed ban on ritual slaughter continues with a majority of senators in the upper house of parliament now opposing the ban. A large majority of MPs in the lower house voted in favour of a ban in June, though Jewish and Muslim groups oppose the proposition. The change comes as members of the Labour and Liberal VVD parties decided to oppose the ban; members of the country’s Christian Democrats had opposed from the outset. The senate vote, now a foregone conclusion, will take place next Tuesday.
28 June 2011
The Dutch parliament voted in favour of banning kosher and halal slaughter of animals, following debate which saw considerable resistance from Jewish and Muslim communities. The ban contains an exception such that groups able to prove that animals do not suffer comparatively more during ritual slaughter than standard methods will be permitted to continue with halal and kosher methods. While several MPs voed against the ban on religious grounds, it passed in parliament 116 to 30. The story received considerable coverage internationally.
23 June 2011
A hotly debated proposal in Dutch parliament to ban ritual slaughter has potentially reached a compromise. This compromise would allow ritual slaughter to continue under certain circumstances, and has the support of a slim majority of MPs. It would allow exceptions to the ban on slaughtering animals which have not been stunned if it can be proved this does not cause them more suffering. D66 MP Stientje van Veldhoven said the proposal would allow Jewish and Islamic groups to find alternatives to their current methods of slaughter which do fit with their religious beliefs. Following this week’s debate parliament will vote on the proposed ban next week.
June 9 2011
A proposed ban on ritual slaughter which currently had majority support in the Netherlands parliament is facing continued resistance. The ban targets the production of kosher and halal meat in the country. Members of the national Green Left (GroenLinks) are being asked to vote against the ban, while the VVD party asks the government to refocus its attention on industrial rather than ritual slaughter. The parliament is due to debate the issue again on June 16.
The Dutch Parliament has terminated efforts by the country’s animal rights party (PvdD) to ban the ritual slaughter of animals without anaesthetic. MPs announced that religious freedoms were more important. The news is of relevance to both Jewish and Muslim communities in the country, and their ritual slaughter of cows, chickens, sheep and goats.
Vlaams Belang introduced a campaign called Stop Islamization in Ghent. The party plans to distribute twenty thousand pamphlets in neighborhoods most fiercely hit by Islamization. The campaign includes demands against subsidizing Islam, questionable marriages, ritual slaughter, and includes stricture regulations for the development of mosques and a headscarf ban for teachers.