Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Lancashire bans 'abhorrent'unstunned halal meat in schools

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Bennie Garza | 27 October, 2017, 19:49

Councillors in Lancashire have voted to ban unstunned halal meat from being served in schools.

Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) has protested the decision, saying that animals must not be stunned for the meat to be considered truly halal.

From December, the schools will only serve stunned halal beef and lamb.

During the debate on the controversial issue emotions ran high on animal welfare, religious discrimination, freedom of choice and child welfare.

Lancashire County Council voted by 41 to 24 against, with 15 abstentions.

Geoff Driver, the county council's Conservative leader, had proposed the ban because he said that it was "abhorrent" to cut an animal's throat without first making it insensible to pain. Nothing more, nothing less. "It's not anti Semitic and anti Muslim, sadly some people are trying to make it out to be".

But later during the debate some councillors were antagonised when he referred to how two Muslim and one Jewish councillor from the Labour group sat on a previous council working party which looked at the issue.

Labour and Liberal democrat councillors complained he should not bring religion into it.

"The council will now consult with the Lancashire Council of Mosques and others on how this can be implemented whilst still providing meals that comply with the Muslim community's beliefs as well as investigating the stunning of poultry before slaughter".

County school will no longer be allowed to use meat from animals not stunned before slaughter, with the exception of poultry.

Current laws in the United Kingdom require farm animals to be stunned before slaughter, but provides a religious exemption for Jews and Muslims.

National Secular Society campaigns director Stephen Evans told MailOnline: "The practice of imposing un-stunned meat from religious slaughter methods on pupils, public service users and the general populace is completely unacceptable, and needs to end".

Coun Driver said this acknowledged some chickens could be killed by pre-stunning and therefore would not meet halal requirements.

The authority chose to take the meat out of circulation for the 27 schools and 12,000 children in the area who now go to schools which serve halal food.

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