According to the American Muslim news site Illume Magazine, a conservative blogger named Pamela Gellar is upset that Butterball Turkeys have been certified halal (the Muslim equivalent of kosher). Apparently she deems these turkeys unfit for American consumption and suggested a boycott:
“Across this great country, on Thanksgiving tables nationwide, infidel Americans are unwittingly going to be serving halal turkeys to their families this Thursday. Turkeys that are halal certified — who wants that, especially on a day on which we are giving thanks to G-d for our freedom? I wouldn’t knowingly buy a halal turkey — would you? Halal turkey, slaughtered according to the rules of Islamic law, is just the opposite of what Thanksgiving represents: freedom and inclusiveness, neither of which are allowed for under that same Islamic law.”
Gellar calls these turkeys “Stealth Halal” . Does this mean that the turkeys don’t know they are halal? Or does it mean that the halal turkeys are being sold to Americans who may not know they are halal? Could George Washington and Honest Abe taste the difference between a halal turkey and a kosher turkey? We’re not sure that matters. On the Butterball official website they plainly state:
“Butterball is one of the largest global turkey providers in the world. For more than 25 years, Butterball® has been providing quality turkey to markets around the globe. Currently, exporting over 100 million pounds of turkey products annually to over 50 countries, it’s no wonder that Butterball is one of the most celebrated choices for turkey. Butterball is committed to developing the best new products to specifically cater to all international cultures. From our bilingual packaging to flavor profiles geared toward international palates, we are continually developing unique ideas that satisfy the tastes of our customers.
As an international turkey provider, we have the expertise in serving different countries and different customs, and will work with you to meet any and all product needs. We have met the requirements for the following certifications: USDA Approved, Russian Approved, Halal Certified, and employ a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HAACP) food safety system with Good Manufacturing processes. From great customer service to new product innovation to the proper certifications, Butterball has the experience you need to get our great tasting turkey in your market.”
We’ll keep you posted on how effective this “boycott” works out. You can read the full story from Illume Magazine.