The campaign, which is spreading on social media under the hashtag #HalalChallenge, challenges people to “put pork on the #halalcounter and film it…then post the video to your Facebook timeline, or Instagram, or on YouTube or wherever, then nominate your friend to participate,” according to the official Facebook page.
Supporters of the project say it aims to bring awareness to the methods used to produce Halal meat.
“They do slaughtering like psycho killers…they put knives and cut the animal…without any injection or gas…we try to get it in the public, what it means to slaughter Halal and that’s our…challenge,” one activist told RT.
The campaigner went on to state that “we don’t want to have religious rights over animal rights…Islam is taking over in Germany, and they are getting more and more rights, and that’s also a very bad thing.”
However, some have accused the campaign of specifically targeting Muslims in Germany, under the guise of championing animal rights.
“The issue of animal rights is being instrumentalized as a way of targeting Muslims. They wouldn’t dare, for example, do this with regards to the Jewish community and Kosher meat,” Reza Kazim from the Islamic Human Rights Commission said.
He went on to state that scientific evidence has proven that the killing of an animal for Halal meat actually causes less suffering than other slaughtering methods.
According to Deutsche Welle, many of the campaign’s supporters are known for their right-wing activism – not animal rights activism.
-More at RT