A British man, Liam Edwards, was punished by the government after he decided to take a stand against the barbaric way halal meat is obtained by putting stickers on the meat at a halal supermarket.
He pled not guilty to causing racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage. In court, Edwards argued that he was not comparing muslims to terrorists, or even agains the islamic religion, just against the way the meat is prepared. This was an animal rights issue in Edwards book.
“The point about animal slaughter can be expressed in a different way without suggesting halal and terrorism is linked,” prosecutor Holly Holden said, Manchester Evening News reported.
Before being sentenced, Edwards further clarified his reasoning for putting the stickers on the grocery store’s products.
“I’m a big animal lover, be it for racial or other purposes I believe it is wrong to treat animals in that way,” he said.
Edwards was given a month-long curfew for his actions, and ordered to pay small fees for compensation and legal representation.
Many readers expressed outrage at the fact that Edwards’ protest had legal repercussions.