I’ve heard a rumour from Ground Control… Live export shouldn’t be hijacked by Islamophobes

Australia is wading through a difficult debate about animal cruelty and the export of live animals.  Over on ThinkAtheist, WoljaIlpapa has stated that:

Now some of that cruelty is due to the attitudes of the abbatoir workers but the big hidden problem here is that the reason the animals are transported live to Indonesia, the middle east etc is to cater for the demands of Halal. [Source: ‘Cruelty that is Halal and Kosher slaughter methods‘, ThinkAtheist]

Utter nonsense.

Regulation of abattoirs within Australia is a matter for the states, but each state has regulations preventing animal cruelty which abide by national guidelines issued by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.  There are no exceptions for religious requirements.  Halal abattoirs in Australia — and we should all be enormously proud of this — have animal welfare standards identical to everybody else.

In other words, this isn’t an Us vs Islam issue, as the ThinkAtheist piece is trying to assert.  This is an issue regarding animal welfare in Southeast Asia.  To suggest otherwise is to pander to prejudice and Islamophobia.

ThinkAtheist should retract the post and issue an apology for spreading such hateful, bigoted rubbish.

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Author: Mark Fletcher

Mark Fletcher is a Canberra-based blogger and policy wonk who writes about conservatism, atheism, and popular culture. Read his blog at OnlyTheSangfroid. He tweets at @ClothedVillainy

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