Do you want to do something about this issue?

LOBBY BIG COMPANIES

Let them know what you think.

Nestle

www.nestle.com.au

Please write to: Consumer Services Department, Reply Paid 4320, Sydney AUSTRALIA 2001

Phone 1800 025 361


Bega

www.begacheese.com.au


Cadbury

www.cadbury.com.au


Mars

www.mars.com


Sanitarium

www.sanitarium.com.au


Kellogg's

www.kelloggs.com.au


Please write, email or phone your favourite brands to let them know what you think and how you feel. Try and keep it factual and not emotional or inflammatory.

You may use the sample letter below or draft your own.

To (insert company name),

As an Australian consumer I would like to make an informed choice about the purchases I make. I ask that you would clearly identify on your products which ones have been subject to halal certification.

I do not wish to support any brand that pays an Islamic religious tax to have their product halal certified. Less than 2% of this population is Muslim and I do not want to fund special religious rituals or political campaigns to increase the presence of Sharia Law in Australia.

Please respect consumers and give them/us the necessary information so we can make our own choices. Please, also consider carefully what you are funding when you pay halal certification fees. The Koran says food must be halal but certification is a modern day tax imposed on a majority of people who do not submit to the Islamic religion and Sharia law.

Yours Sincerely,

(Your details here)

Ultimately, the best way to show companies how you feel is to vote at the checkout.


ENCOURAGE FREEDOM FROM HALAL CERTIFICATION

The Woolworths Homebrand and Select labels are not currently halal certified however the consumer relations department communicated in an email that they are working towards this. Please request that these labels remain free from halal certification.

www.woolworths.com.au

You may use the sample letter below or draft your own.

To Woolworths,

As an Australian consumer I appreciate the fact that I can buy products that are good quality for minimal cost. I like that I have the option of homebrand labels where I am not paying for fancy graphics or add ons. I expect the overheads to remain low so the product will remain affordable.

I also appreciate that Woolworths Homebrand and Select labels are NOT halal certified. Since Muslims represent less than 2% of the Australian population it would be unreasonable to expect consumers to fund unnecessary and sometimes cruel religious rituals for certain products. I urge Woolworths to remain uncertified in regards to their halal status. The Koran does not stipulate anywhere that a product must undergo certification for it to be halal. Please do not submit to paying fees for an Islamic religious ritual. Please do not contribute to the encroachment of Sharia Law upon our nation.

Thank you,
(Your details here)


LOBBY POLITICIANS

Write to your local member of Parliament and request they do something about the labelling laws in regards to halal certification.

You may use the sample letter below or draft your own.

To (Politicians Name),

As an Australian consumer I am frustrated and concerned by the practice of halal certification in this country.

I do not wish to support any brand that pays an Islamic religious tax to have their product halal certified. Less than 2% of this population is Muslim and I do not want to fund special religious rituals or political campaigns to increase the presence of Sharia Law in Australia. I am also concerned about possible animal cruelty in the halal slaughter process. The Koran does not stipulate anywhere that a product must undergo certification for it to be halal.

Despite this many companies are paying for halal certification and not displaying it on their labels or even on their websites. Sometimes it is even difficult to get such information when calling the company directly. What can be done about making it law to display halal certification on labels so consumers can make informed choices about the products they buy?

Yours Sincerely,
(Your details here)

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