According to ship owner Kyodo Senpaku, Nisshin Maru was certified just before it headed off for this season's hunt: "If whale meat can be consumed as a good protein source for Muslims in Japan, it's a good thing."
|Not exactly halal, is it!|
Halal foods are those that Muslims are allowed under Islamic law. This also specifies how food must be prepared. The food must come from a supplier using halal practices. The slaughter must be performed by a Muslim, who must precede it by calling Allah's name, and then three times "Allahu akbar" ("God is the greatest"). Then, the animal must be slaughtered with a sharp knife by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the
|Halal harpoon? Yea. Right.|
Muslims must also ensure that all non-food items near the food are halal (as they often contain ingredients not permissible for Muslims to eat or use on their bodies). So, spot the problems...
+ Every NM slaughterman must be Muslim - what's the liklihood?
+ The whale must NOT be killed by an explosive-tipped harpoon.
+ Therefore the whale must be killed on-deck by said Muslim with knife (after ritual exclamations) - not dragged already dead onto the blood-soaked butchery deck of NM.
So this halal certification is just a cynical exploitation of religion for commercial gain.