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This Guy Wants To Ban Halal Meat From Supermarkets Because He Thinks It's Funding Jihadi Groups

He told BuzzFeed News his sticker campaign was about choice, and not an attack on Muslims.

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While the stickers have mainly been spotted in supermarkets such as Tesco and Waitrose, they’ve also been seen in restaurants and on public transport.

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Rodney, the man who putting up the anti-halal stickers, told BuzzFeed News why he set up the campaign: “UK supermarkets [were] denying me my right to choose not to consume halal products.”

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Rodney, who would not give his surname but uses the @Bad_Sweary_Frog Twitter handle, added: "I'm not against Muslims consuming halal or Jews consuming kosher, although I do believe they are both barbaric methods of slaughter. I just don't see why the majority should have halal-prepared products forced upon them.

"I'm a meat-eater, but I want to be sure the animals that give their lives for me exit this world in the most pain-free, stress-free, and humane way possible."

He added: "I also choose not to have my meat blessed by a Muslim."

When asked about his claim that halal meat funded Islamist terrorism, he remained adamant that the profits from such products were being funneled into "jihadi" causes.

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“The halal certification bodies fund jihadi causes," he said. "Some of those charities and causes in turn either knowingly or unknowingly fund violent jihad."

This claim was described by Zéna Butt of the Halal Food Authority as "completely unfounded".

She told BuzzFeed News that there was "no evidence from any halal certifier in the world" of any profits or surplus being used to fund anything other than legitimate charities.

Two people are coordinating the campaign by sending out stickers and leaflets, according to Rodney, although there are "hundreds participating and thousands supporting".

He also said he'd sent packs of stickers "as far as Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and all over England".

Additionally, he told BuzzFeed News that he was in contact with groups in the US, Australia, and Europe who wanted to run similar campaigns.

Despite his campaign having been called racist and Islamophobic by many on social media, Rodney insisted he has no connection to far-right groups and that #BanHalal is not attacking minority groups.

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“I am not nor will not ever been part of any right-wing groups," he said. "I believe in a multiracial society, but not a multicultural society. Britain already has a culture which can be enriched by people from other countries, but should not be diluted or replaced.

"I also feel that being a proud Brit who respects our history does not make me a bigot or a racist, which is a term cast far too freely at people like me."

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The campaign comes after an official petition to the UK parliament to ban religious slaughter reached more than 115,000 signatures last month, meaning that the issue is eligible to be debated in parliament.

The petition argues that both halal and shechita, the Jewish form of religious slaughter, cause pain to the animal and compromise welfare.

However, a counter-petition to protect the religious rituals has also garnered over 120,000 signatures, and argues that animal rights groups and charities should be more concerned about the conditions of slaughterhouses than the methods of killing animals. The campaign group Animal Aid released footage this month showing apparent breaches of both animal welfare standards and proper halal practice at a slaughterhouse in Yorkshire.

Despite calls for ritual slaughter to be banned in the UK, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it has no intention to ban the practice.

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"There are strict rules that govern the slaughter of animals in England which include additional conditions for religious slaughter and these remain unchanged. The government has no intention of banning religious slaughter,” a Defra spokesperson said.

"The government would prefer animals to be stunned before slaughter, but we respect the rights of Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat in accordance with their beliefs. Existing rules require that where stunning is used it must be sufficient to make the animal unconscious and insensible to pain without causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or distress."

Hussein Kesvani is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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