The ‘halal’ debate is now raging amongst and within communities in Sri Lanka and I have been accused of being anti Halal! I believe an open debate is best to further direct this issue to a level to prevent misunderstanding. Such a debate involves healthy skepticism, which forces the party to defend and explain their practices and procedures that give rise to their representations. It will therefore actually increase their credibility not lessen it, if they have conformed to best practice.
I trust people who continually read my various blogs know my position on tolerance and inclusivity and need for the nation of many communities, religions and view points to unite as one nation under our flag and keep their personal animosities against religion, caste and race to debates and discussions and not to violence and hostility. In that same vein this country in my opinion IS NOT the EXCLUSIVE "nija bima" of any one community or religion. Accordingly I am no fan of Bodu Bala Sena or their tactics.
Therefore it is advisable for one to keep an open mind to read the following link to further understand the issues which reinforces my views on certification.
Certification is only as good as the certifier. Everything has a label and now with brands we are label mad and I consider ‘halal’ another label. It is up to the human being to work out in his or her mind if that label amounts to a hill of beans or not. As I am a skeptical person I view all certifications with suspicions as I do not trust human beings with honesty as a general rule, and if there is not enough statistical sampling and testing of the certifications then its reliability is called into question.
I have a couple of dogs and I purchased all of them as puppies, but I never insisted on a certification letter of their breed from the Kennel Club, etc as I know instances in which these have been issued based on false information given to the Kennel Club. The Kennel Club followed their practice, but are unable to verify the information they were relying on, relating to the authenticity of the breed.
As long as I am happy that my specimen is of the breed or mixed that is OK as I do not intend making representations to others and if they purchase any pups I may sell in the future it is up to the buyer to aware. In fact when I was given a pup with certain representation as to its pedigree, I was not too fussed when it grew up it was clearly not pure bred. Further it is the dog I have with least problems with diet and illness! So much for being "pure anything". I am getting a great kick out of new gene testing which is showing how mixed we are, and seeing those who claimed purity, being proved to be anything but.
The horse meat scandal in the UK is another example of another con coming out to haunt the beef industry, including the tainting of the halal and kosher camps too. What happens to the sins of the people so fooled?
I therefore appeal to the average person to come to their own conclusion and realize that they may be incorrect in their reliance on a certificate which is intended to benefit another party financially. I have accused the ACJU of the fact that I have not seen sufficient proof that their procedures are reliable, and I have further accused them of being politically biased, and I have yet to see any proof of them being certified by another body as being permitted to issue the Certificate. So I don’t care who is authorized, I just want them to be credible. To me they are not.
I am also skeptical of the various standard setting bodies including certifications by Auditors of their statements on the accounts of companies that later turnout to be materially incorrect. In fact one of the largest accounting firms, Arthur Andersen disappeared from the face of the earth due to a scandal.
It is the 'kalpanakaranna' that I stress in anything we do or believe in and work out ourselves that on balance we are happy with that belief due to our own personal evaluation and not because someone else said so.