Wednesday, June 29 2016

Daily Mail reports that halal meat rejected in Parliament restaurants and cafes

 The Daily Mail has once again attempted to perpetuate the myth of the Islamisation of Britain via-halal meat, publishing an article on the rejection of demands to serve halal meat in the restaurants and cafes of the Houses of Parliament. 

Titled, ‘We won't eat halal meat, say MPs and peers who reject demands to serve it at Westminster’, the article states that no halal option will be made available to those who desire to eat it, and that some Muslim MPs and peers have been misled into believing that they had eaten halal meat when it was not so.

From the Daily Mail.

“The Palace of Westminster has rejected demands to serve halal meat in its restaurants.

“Muslim MPs and peers have been told they cannot have meat slaughtered in line with Islamic tradition because the method – slitting an animal’s throat without first stunning it – is offensive to many of their non-Muslim colleagues.

“The stance has infuriated some parliamentarians who have eaten meat in the Palace’s 23 restaurants and cafes, having been assured that it was halal.

“Lord Ahmed of Rotherham said: ‘I did feel misled. I think a halal option should be made available.’”

 “In 2010, the Mail on Sunday revealed schools, hospitals and restaurants were serving halal meat to unwitting customers.

“Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Somerfield and the Co-op all said they stocked meat slaughtered according to Islamic tradition without letting customers know.

“Fast-food chains including Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, KFC, ¬Nando’s and Subway are also using halal meat without ¬telling customers, it was revealed.

“Members of the Church of England have complained that the spread of halal meat was 'effectively spreading Sharia law' across Britain.

“However, a spokesman for the House of Lords and the House of Commons confirmed that it was not served in their restaurants.

Alison Ruoff, a member of the Church of England, said: ‘It’s a bit hypocritical that the Houses of Parliament, which have allowed other people to provide halal food, have ruled it out on their own premises.’

“At Halal slaughterhouses thousands of birds are killed every hour.”

The article does not substantiate the charge that halal meat is “offensive” to non-Muslim colleagues with any statement or quote.

Moreover, the relevance of the last sentence on the “thousands of birds” killed in halal slaughterhouses is highly questionable- are thousands of birds, cattle and pigs not also killed in regular slaughterhouses in the UK and in the slaughterhouses which produce the imported meat that many Brits consume?

The Daily Mail has been at the forefront of a tabloid-press campaign portraying halal slaughter as unethical and perpetuating the myth that Muslims as well businesses and institutions are imposing their religion on others by serving halal meat options or halal-meat only (see here, here, here and here).

This article, like many before, poses the issue as one of animal rights. If this is so, then why no furore, for example, over the tens of millions of chickens which are battery-farmed in Britain? And why no mention of the fact that Kosher Jewish slaughter practices are almost identical to that of halal slaughter? Moreover, ‘Indian’ restaurants have been serving halal meat for decades, and as curry is something which is often considered the nation’s favourite food. It is somewhat puzzling therefore, that moral outrage has only found expression in the past few years, and that Muslims are singled out for their practices; practices which are significant to the Muslim community but in the context of the issue of animal rights and meat consumption in Britain, form and fraction of the issue. There is little doubt that articles such as this one and those that have preceded it are there to give fuel to anti-Muslim sentiment by peddling the idea that Islam is a barbaric religion and that Britain is slowly being Islamised.


0 #3 Halal MeatIftikhar Ahmad 2012-01-07 16:37
The Palace of Westminster has rejected demands to serve halal meat in its restaurants.

Muslim MPs and peers have been told they cannot have meat slaughtered in line with Islamic tradition.

I have no issue with people being able to eat Halal meat as a choice. I notice how Kosher meat is never mentioned, yet it is killed in exactly the same way. No-one would dare to say anything about Israel, seeing as Westminster is in Israel's back pocket, yet they are always quick to condemn Muslims. I can see the gaping double standard here. Same as always, keep up the race hate in the press for Muslims but 'don't you dare say anything about Israel and their crimes against humanity and control of Western governments', because you will be immediately labelled anti-semitic.

How dare the members of a British parliament defy the Muslim wishes? Just who do they think they are? What is halal? I don't understand is it the halal meat that people don't like or Muslims. It's only meat, we have greater mess in this world that we need to solve. Get real. Do they serve Kosher meat? Kosher meat is non stunned to. Do they have the guts to pick on the jews? If you electrocute an animal arent you killing it twice?

Halal meat should be an option and not enforced on the rest of us who believe it to be a cruel way of treating animals. That is all Lord Ahmed is asking for. That he and other muslim politiians can have that option. He is not asking for it to be compulsory but feels rightly upset that he mas been misled.

It should be law that all retailers, restaurants and public services (ie schools, hospitals, prisons etc.) state what method of slaughter has been used. This would then give the consumer the choice, simple. How do you start a petition which forces partliament to debate this issue and how many signatures do you need?

In the Koran, it does state that Muslims can eat non-Halal meat if it is not available. This rule is only applied in emergency situation when one is in dire need of sustenance and only non Halal products are available....

Do people actually believe that stunning an animal means it feels no pain?! Slitting the throat is quick and effective. What do you think your New Zealand lamb is? All NZ meat is halal slaughtered - which makes me always choose it over British lamb.
So shocking animals with a hundred volts is humane, please! To all the Muslim-haters just think about it logically and do your research before you judge, doesn't Christianity preach love thy neighbor. And to all those so called people who celebrate Christmas every year and spoil your kids with presents they don't deserve how many of you actually practice Christianity and go to church every Sunday? A show of hands please ... Thought so!!!
Halal meat means a humaine version of slaughtering animals rather than shocking them to death with a high voltage. Halal meat is more tastier and clean Ask any non Muslim person who have ate it Oh yes by the way when you go to Indian restaurants /takeaways the lovely Taste to meat we all like is HALAL Meat!!!!
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0 #2 Mr Niamat khattak 2012-01-06 19:07
Some letters are missing from certain words may give a wrong impression I cannot edit my previous message and cannot rewrite since I am on the phone
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0 #1 Mr niamat khattack 2012-01-06 18:30
It is wise to understand that what halal is before any body jump to conclusion of condemning the process of halal and indirctly damaging the credibility of the great faith . Halas slaughtering is a process in which an animal's jaguar vein is cut off with a sharp knife Yo allow the drain of the blood from the animal's scientifically proven that blood is a vary good carrier of infectious diseases and therefore to eliminate the possibility of diseases passed from the anal on to the consumer the blood has to be removed thoroughly Yo purify the meat in order to be edible . This is what the halal slaughtering signifies. Contrary to this stunning results in animal heart being stopped abruptly and this causes a cardiac arrest in the animal which in turn causes the blood to be retained inside the animal body and high possibility of infected meat for it can be noted that cardiac arrest is very painful and killing animal this way is the most excruciating Process that the animal is going through .however halal slaughtering is always performed with the sharp knife which instantly disconnect the jugular vein and most importantly the nerve which is responsible for pain so therefore the animal feels no pain at the time of slaughter and surely no cardiac arrest. Now its your call whether you would want to have the clean meat on your plate or unprecedented disease which surely be drain on resources .
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