The pro-independence party declared its concerns Wednesday about halal animal-rights standards, and is worried that mainstream companies are selling the meat, without any labelling, to unsuspecting Quebecois customers. The PQ is now demanding a report on the halal situation from the provincial government, by March 23.
The opposition party wants to know how many companies are involved in producing halal meat, and how many animals are being slaughtered per year under Islamic rituals. It says it’s concerned about animal rights, in addition to potential food contamination.
“This type of slaughter slams directly against Quebecois values,” the PQ said in a statement released Wednesday.
Update: See also Toula Foscolos, “Halal hysteria grips Quebec”, Westmount Examiner, 15 March 2012
Update 2: See “Quebec’s ludricrous poultry politics”, National Post, 16 March 2012
Update 3: For a response, see “Halal chicken: The thin edge of Islamicism?” National Post, 20 March 2012