Islamophobia: row over halal meat erupts in Lancashire

Islamophobia: row over halal meat erupts in Lancashire November 6, 2017

Abdul Hamid Qureshi, above, of the Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM), is calling for a boycott of school meals in protest against the county council’s recent decision to ban meat from unstunned animals, with the exception of poultry.
According to this report, he claimed that the ban would only serve to increase Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
Councillors voted 41 for the ban, 24 against with 15 abstentions.
The decision by the authority’s full council meeting last month means that suppliers will only provide halal beef and lamb from animals stunned before slaughter.
The LCM insists that only meat from non-stunned animals meets its strict interpretation of halal.
In a statement, the LCM says it:

Regrets the failure of the Council to consult with its stakeholders prior to the decision, despite the two organisations having worked together in collaboration over the past decade.
It is with great regret that once again the issue has been politicised unnecessarily and will only serve to increase Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
The Lancashire Council of Mosques remains committed to equality and humane treatment of animals and believes in the right of faith communities to exercise their religious requirements in accordance with the Law.

Qureshi added:

We understand that Lancashire County Council will be renewing their catering contract in December 2017 and will implement changes in the new year. Schools that source their meals from the county council suppliers will, according to this decision, fail to fulfil the LCM Halal criteria.
Our advice to the community is to stop school meals as soon as this occurs and campaign for change.
We recognise that this will have a significant impact on schools across Lancashire and more importantly on the children. We are committed to continue working with schools and regret the impact this will have.

The BBC reports that Lancashire County Council described the practice of not stunning animals before slaughtering them as “abhorrent” and “really cruel”.
Unstunned halal meat is currently supplied to 12,000 pupils at 27 schools in Blackburn, Nelson, Burnley, Rawtenstall, Hyndburn, Clitheroe and Preston.

Susie Charles, above, the Mayor of Lancaster and the council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said she could see “no reason” for a boycott.

There is always a choice of meals anyway, including vegetarian options. It’s a very short-sighted view and it’s depriving children of good nutritious food. Eighty-four per cent of halal meat in the country is currently stunned.
Also, in New Zealand, all their lamb is stunned, and Saudi Arabia buys New Zealand lamb. If Saudis can eat stunned meat, I don’t see why people in Lancashire can’t.

The Conservative councillor also rejected Qureshi’s claim that the council’s decision would result in more fear or hatred of Muslims or Jews.

I don’t see why it should. And why are they bringing the Jews into it? We don’t supply any kosher food at all. The Jews buy their own food for their schools.

Council leader Geoff Driver said the decision was “democratic” and a “huge majority” had voted for the ban.
He said he “very sincerely” hoped it would not lead to Islamophobic sentiment in the community.

If anybody looks at it objectively, they will see that the people who could cause these problems are the Lancashire Council of Mosques themselves. They are the ones who are making such a big issue of it.

Hat tip: Vanity Unfair and BarrieJohn

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  • AgentCormac

    Let me get this straight. Qureshi claims that the LCM is committed to the humane treatment of animals, but insists on animals being killed without stunning.
    Nope. I’ve tried to get my head around that several times now and I must still be misunderstanding something.

  • Har Davids

    How difficult is it to ascertain which is the ‘best’ way to kill an animal? Even the most pious couldn’t object to stunned killing, unless they’re sadistic as well a deluded.

  • Broga

    Sadism is often linked with religion.

  • Arnold

    Halal meat must be outlawed nationally and fuck the shreiking howling protests of muslims. Don’t like it … then fuck off to some uncivilised beggared country where things are as more to your liking.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    All non stunned meat should be banned, the practise is barbaric and should be outlawed.

  • L.Long

    If the sadistic ahole dogmatic shits don’t like it, they can supply the kids with their own meals! isLame can go knock itself up!!!!

  • 1859

    Halal and kosher killing means ramming a terrified animal into a circular crate with narrow sides so it can’t move. The crate – which is already drenched with blood from the previous animal – is designed to trap the animal completely. The animal’s throat is then cut and the circular crate is rotated so that the animal is upside down and left to bleed to death while some ‘holy’ person mumbles ridiculous words. If this is what the LCM means when it says it is ‘committed to the humane treatment of animals’, then their understanding of the word ‘humane’ and my understanding are as different as piss from porridge. I’m with Graham M-R on this – it is a totally barbaric and unnecessary expression of religious superstition and should be outlawed.

  • Dionigi

    I have been a lifelong vegetarian and there was no way that school dinners were going to be changed for me. I took packed lunches to school all my schooldays and it didn’t do me any harm. If muslims don’t like what is being provided then they should take their own meals to school. Drag islam into the 21st century and stop killing animals by cutting their throats, better still take all meat off school dinner menus.

  • Maggie

    Why do all those schoolchildren have to eat halal meat because of a small (as we are always told) minority? I see it as a point of control. Why this control was given, and still is being given around the country, in the first place is appalling.
    We, as a society, MUST stop pandering to religions. It’s divisive and dangerous.

  • John the Drunkard

    Halal and Kosher standards both require bleeding out animals while conscious.
    ‘…halal beef and lamb from animals stunned before slaughter.’
    Is an oxymoron.
    Interesting that Qureshi was willing to admit the parallels. Here in the US, the (real) islamophobe Pamla Geller launched an anti-halal movement, without knowing that Jewish dietary law was exactly as cruel.

  • Brian Jordan

    Why does the County Council even have to discuss this re catering in general? It is clearly against the law for them to knowingly provide un-stunned meat to other than Muslim or Jewish pupils or staff.
    Talk about more honoured in the breach…

  • Arnold

    If Abdul Hamid Qureshi fell into the hands of murderous Daesh thugs for say being accused of being homosexual would he choose to be humanely stunned first or opt to be immobilised in a crush before bleeding to death from a cut throat? Which would he choose?