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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Great Support for Liberty GB’s Anti-Halal Boycott Subway Day in Woking

Liberty GB placard: Say no to halal, Say no to Subway

The Subway sandwich chain is the target of many international boycotts for a variety of good reasons.

In 2011 in the USA the company gave the Subway Sportsman of the Year Award to the American footballer Michael Vick, a convicted felon who was incarcerated for 18 months (and could have been longer) for spending years torturing and killing animals.

When police raided his house, they found 65 dogs, a dog-fighting pit, blood-stained carpets, and various equipment commonly used in dog fighting, including a ‘rape stand’ in which female dogs are strapped into and restrained, to allow male dogs to breed with them.

According to the federal indictment, when Vick’s dogs lost a fight or didn’t perform well, they were routinely killed by methods like electrocution, hanging, drowning and “slamming” the dog’s body onto the concrete floor. Many dogs were butchered in these ways and Vick took part in the executions.

The company's support for an animal torturer sparked an ongoing boycott of Subway promoted by Facebook pages “liked” by tens of thousands.

As if this weren’t enough, Subway is now showing even more signs of its lack of concern for animal cruelty.

Nearly 200 Subway branches in Britain have decided to serve exclusively halal meat.

Halal meat, derived from animals barbarically slaughtered by having their throats slit without previous stunning and then let bleed to death (which can take several minutes), is allowed as a loophole by British law, which normally requires animals to be rendered unconscious before slaughter.

Part of the Liberty GB team at the Boycott Subway protest: Steve Evans, Christian Mitchell,Enza Ferreri, George Whale

This exception is permitted in the name of “religious freedom”, but in reality not only there is no moral justification but even no need for such atrocity.

Islam specifically exempts its faithful from the obligation to eat halal food if none is available:
He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful. Quran (002:173)
In addition to the issue of cruelty to animals, the selling and serving of halal meat to a wide, non-Muslim public goes against the spirit of the legislation consenting to such exceptions to humane slaughter in an animal-loving country like Britain, exceptions which were meant only for the followers of a specific religion.

In particular, for Christians – believers of the faith which is constitutionally and historically the religion of Britain - eating food sacrificed to Allah is idolatry: “You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols” (Acts 15:29) Also Acts 21:25.

Other religious groups, like Sikhs, are expressly forbidden by their religion from eating meat “killed the Muslim way”.

Last but by no means least, according to Islamic law 2.5% of the money Muslims earn must go to zakat (charity). Of this, 1/8 must finance jihad (holy war), which includes atrocities committed in Muslim-majority countries - like Syria - and terrorism. It wouldn’t be halal (“permitted”) for halal-certification companies not to pay their dues to jihad.

Halal is very topical these days, for the many voices, petitions, organisations, Facebook pages, commentators, quite a lot of MPs, yet more MPs, religious leaders, and the new head of the British Veterinary Association John Blackwell calling for its ban in Britain (following other countries including Switzerland and Denmark) and for a clearer labelling so that people are enabled to make informed choices.

Downing Street said that halal labels will be reviewed. Ministers said that they will consider compulsory labelling for halal meat if there is 'widespread demand' and it is done across Europe.

Against this background, the Liberty GB party - which is contesting the 22 May European Elections in the South East - has joined the boycott of Subway. Saturday 10 May a group of us held a peaceful protest outside one of the 200 Subway restaurants in Britain serving exclusively halal meat - the one in 9 Chertsey Road, Woking, Surrey – and surrounding areas.

We handed out leaflets, displayed placards and discussed with interested members of the public. Talking to people we found that, as always, the halal issue is one over which almost all non-Muslims agree: cruelty to animals should not be tolerated for any reason, and Islamic law, sharia, should not be forced down anyone’s throat, literally or metaphorically.


  1. You damage your argument by picking on Michael Vick. The guy went to prison for a long time, especially for a celebrity, and seems to have come out quite contrite.

    1. 18 months' imprisonment is nothing compared to the lives of the dogs he killed and tortured.

      He's a murderer and a torturer. I don't support the death penalty but, if I did, he would be one of my first candidates for it.

      You don't strike me as someone who cares much about animals, otherwise you wouldn't talk like that about Vick.

  2. Fantastic Liberty GB protested the great evil and horror of barbarically slaughtered animals!

    ALL halal meat must be totally banned from Britain and EVERY non-muslim country. It's despicable that Britain and other non-muslim countries allow horrendous cruelty to animals. Before our nations' leaders colonised our nations with muslims, allowing animal cruelty and tremendous barbarism was unheard of. Animals were PROTECTED!

    The totalitarian political ideology of Islam commands terrible atrocities against animals and humans - non-muslims. Our leaders enthusiastically embrace Islamic teaching and fully APPROVE of muslim jihad against hated infidels. Our leaders are cognizant of the fact that
    "According to Islamic law 2.5% of the money Muslims earn must go to zakat (charity). Of this, 1/8 must finance jihad (holy war)"


  3. To ML/NJ: I was deeply horrified to read of the savagery of barbarian, Michael Vick. Anyone who will torture animals will most certainly torture human beings. Because evil Vick was set free he is now a great danger to both animals and humans.

  4. Enza, Is banning the evil and savagery of halal on the election leaflets you mailed out?

    1. Thank you, Linda, for all your support.

      No, unfortunately it wasn't. We had very little time and couldn't cover everything.

      I've forwarded to the others this and the other comment that you left on my blog yesterday.

    2. Linda, I have just posted on Liberty GB's Facebook page our 10-Point-Plan for you to use it. Please let me know if there's something else we could do.

  5. Enza, I may have a problem with my computer in that I have tried many times to copy and paste from Liberty GB's Facebook page the 10-Point-Plan, I copy it but I'm unable to paste it! I was able in the past to copy and past pics, so it must be my computer.