Mar 19 2015
British man who put “Halal is barbaric and funds terrorism” stickers on supermarket chicken charged with ‘racially-aggravated’ criminal damage
Tell me, what ‘race’ is Islam? Absolutely nothing on that sticker is false, let alone ‘racist.’
UK Daily Mail (h/t Rob E) A father-of-two who plastered stickers which said ‘Halal is barbaric and funds terrorism’ on supermarket chicken has insisted he is an animal rights activist and not racist.
Liam Edwards, 29, walked into a Sainsbury’s store in Salford, Greater Manchester, with the #BanHalal stickers and stuck them on numerous packets of meat in the chilled goods aisle. He was stopped by security and, after police were called, officers searched his home and found a letter addressed from the Beer and Bacon Company of Great Britain which made reference to an ‘anti-Jihadi frog’.
Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how there was also reference that he had browsed patriotsagainstIslam.co.uk on his home computer. Edwards, of Salford, admitted criminal damage in relation to the supermarket incident on February 18 and possession of cannabis.
However, he denied that he was ‘racially motivated’ when he carried out the attack on the supermarket chicken and will face trial in July over the charge. It emerged that £16.50 worth of chicken had to be destroyed as a result of his actions.
At the court hearing today, it was said that he was simply drawing attention to the ‘inhumane’ halal methods of animal slaughter, which involves slitting the animal’s throat to allow the blood to drain out.
Holly Holden, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendant has gone to the supermarket and placed stickers on packets of chicken saying ‘halal is barbaric and funds terrorism’. The chicken had to be destroyed because the stickers could not be removed.
‘He says he wished to draw attention to the inhumane halal methods of animal slaughter and that was his motivation rather than racial prejudice. ‘The point about animal cruelty could be expressed in a different way without the suggestion that halal and terrorism are linked.’
Mike Cahill, defending, said Edwards was protesting against halal slaughter and the reference to terrorism in the stickers referred neither to race nor religion. He said: ‘He uses the word terrorism but that can’t denote race or indeed religion.’
Bailing him until a further hearing on July 23, District Judge James Hatton added: ‘You have pleaded guilty to some matters but not guilty to the racially-aggravated criminal damage. There will have to be a trial.’
Judge Hatton told Edwards that the conditions of his bail including not going near the Sainsbury’s supermarket in Salford.
Under Islamic law, an animal must be slaughtered by having its throat cut while it is conscious. But unlike Kosher slaughter, which cuts the spinal cord so as not to cause the animal undue pain, Muslims do NOT cut the spinal cord which means the animal suffers in agony for several minutes until it dies.
What HALAL labels look like: