There are myriad rules governing the slaughtering of animals in Ontario. Case in point: after an animal is slaughtered, the meat is immediately refrigerated, to minimize the potential multiplication of harmful bacteria. All of these rules are outlined under Section 83 of Ontario’s Food and Safety Quality Act.
But recently, TheRebel.Media was tipped off by an insider, who told us:
If you are a Muslim farmer and you are slaughtering animals for the purpose of Eid celebrations, you are actually exempt from those refrigeration regulations.
Indeed, it turns out that for the last seven years, Ontario has allowed religious and/or cultural stipulations to override its food safety rules.
The Ministry of Agriculture even outlines the exemption to its own rules in a pamphlet entitled, “Eid Mubarak! What you need to know to get safe inspected meat from a provincially licensed meat plant to celebrate with your family and friends.”
Unfortunately, Jeff Leal, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, declined to be interviewed for this story.
As well, no representatives at the Ministry would come on camera to answer our questions. The ministry would only provide written responses via email.
One of our first questions was:
Since religious and cultural considerations do not alter biology, should Ontario consumers be concerned that there are exemptions being given to existing slaughterhouse procedures for non-scientific reasons?
WATCH to see all the non-responses I received from the Ministry, plus this story's truly bizarre twist…