Prompted by the discussion on recent posts, our European correspondent Lexington was prompted to send additional information about the long-term effects of the widespread consumption of halal meat products:
The fatal and untreatable condition of Creuzfeldt-Jacob is mentioned as a result of both kosher and halal slaughter and as a cause of deaths of children, especially from the consumption of ground-minced meat products (kids, of course, consume huge quantities of hamburgers).
The mention of C-J rang a bell for me because, years ago, when first posting on British sites about Moslem consanguinity, a discussion arose about C-J as a condition to which Jews especially were prone, no one at the time tying this in with kosher slaughter practices. Apart from periods of Islamic conquest, we in the West have been unaccustomed up until now to large numbers of Moslems. Thus I don’t know if there have been any studies done that relate halal slaughter’s causing this C-J problem in Moslems, or, more importantly, among Westerners in general as a result of consumption of halal food.
The “mad cow disease” in Britain was used to decimate the farming industry. France, which also had this problem, kept quiet about it while the EU and the British government ruined the livestock industry.
I believe that one of the reasons halal slaughter is not dealt with publicly is because of the connection with kosher slaughter. I know, from my own experiences in commenting at online sites in Britain and the US that Jews have stated they will “stand with” the Moslems over ritual slaughter. One of the commonest remarks of pseudo-conservatives is that “Moslems are the first victims of Islam”; the same could be applied to Jews with their kosher practices.
The British government in the last few weeks has stressed that dementia is a major “time bomb” for its elderly population, all while encouraging euthanasia. I think that years of unknowingly being fed halal products (eggs, chickens, turkey as well as beef, and don’t put it past them to also deal with pork), has aggravated this situation dangerously for the general population in every Western country, and not just Britain.
This issue really does need to be opened up entirely without any sympathy or demurring to “religious” practices. The reality is that, while we may speak endlessly (as you and I certainly have done for years) about the threat to our freedoms, people generally ignore such an issue until they’re directly affected. Yet what they eat, and how it affects them, is a daily concern.
As for why leaders, governments, animal “rights” orgs, etc. don’t deal with it, it’s not just fear or PC: one of the other uses of Zakat is, of course, for (from Reliance of the Traveller):
H8.14 Those Whose Hearts are to be Reconciled
The fourth category is those whose hearts are to be reconciled. If they are non-Muslims, they are not given Zakat but if Muslim, then they may be given it (O: so that their certainty may increase, or if they are recent converts to Islam and are alienated from their kin)
Those to be reconciled include:
-1- the chief personages of a people (O: with weak Islamic intentions) whose Islam may be expected to improve, or whose peers may be expected to enter Islam; -2- or the heads of a people who collect zakat for us from Muslims living near them who refuse to pay it, or who fight an enemy for us at considerable expense and trouble to themselves
I read the above as an obvious use of bribes (consider the likely candidates for “private” conversion to Islam among British, American and European politicians; it’s “only” a one-sentence declaration of “faith” and offers limitless power and wealth to them). And it also partly explains so many wars being conducted by Western powers, ostensibly to aid Moslems in their fights against one another.
All quite enough to put one off one’s feed, and plain as a pikestaff, too.