Metro- Liam Edwards, of Chancel Avenue, Salford, was charged with causing racially or religiously-aggravated criminal damage after a number of the round, red stickers were found at a supermarket on Regent Road on 18 February.
On the stickers was the hashtag ‘#BanHalal’ along with the words ‘BEWARE! Halal is barbaric and funds terrorism.’
And Edwards, 29, pleaded guilty to the charges today, but insisted that his protest was against the halal slaughter of animals which he said had been the subject of a documentary he had recently watched.
‘I’m a big animal lover, be it for racial or other
purposes I believe it is wrong to treat animals in that way,’ Edwards said.
‘He got involved in a Twitter conversation about halal and maintains that his whole motivation was his concern for the way in which halal meat is obtained and what happens in abattoirs.’
I'll give credit where credit is due. If you are going to be the guy going around smearing the name of entire religions by putting a bunch of stickers on packaged meat then you absolutely have to include the word 'terrorism'. I know, it has nothing to do with his point. The definition of terrorism isn't exactly all that flexible, and it's certainly not durable enough to cover the treatment of animals in the food industry. However, no one is thinking twice about buying some chicken that has 'halal is barbaric' slapped on it. That's not an attention grabber. I'm buying a dead animal to cook, cut up, and shove down my gullet. I'm not exactly one to be judging levels of barbarianism when I am eating something that used to be alive. I don't care if the chicken died of natural causes or was involved in some Islamic rendition of one of the 'Saw' movies. What's done is done. No matter how that poor little guy passed away, he's still going to taste the same after soaking in marinade and being splashed with a spice or two. On the other hand, include the word terrorism and I am all ears. That caters to my undying sense of Patriotism. You want me to bypass some food? Have it remind me of September 11th. That'll make me lose my appetite real quick.
Now, with all that said, it's better to not be the guy running around supermarkets tagging meat with he slander of religious ideologies. Isn't there enough outrage in the world? You can't walk down the street without people shoving propaganda in your face at every turn. Are you telling me the grocery store isn't safe now either? That's the one public place I actually enjoy going that doesn't serve alcohol. It's the one place I can be myself. It's a judgement free zone. I just want to get in there, grab a cart, and let my culinary imagination run wild. I don't want to worry about terrorism. I don't care how the Islamic culture slaughters animals. I'm sure those animals are really psyched about your support when they are wrapped in air tight plastic in a frozen food section. That's like throwing a surprise party for your uncle with Alzheimers. It's an unnecessary measure that isn't going to change the result. You want to besmirch the name of Halal then get your ass on over to the factory and try to make an actual difference for once. Just don't be mad at me when ISIS cuts your head off. If we are being perfectly honest, you kind of deserve it.
P.S. Look more proud of yourself...you can't. You're 29 dude. Get a hobby. Have a drink. Engage in some consensual sex. If playing with stickers gives you that much happiness imagine what a perfectly cooked hamburger could do...