Anger as Muslims Protest Local Halal Ban
Councillors in Lancashire are to be given a free vote on whether non-stun Halal meat is to be banned in schools across the county. However, when the same restriction was introduced in 2012, thousands of Muslim children boycotted school meals. Unstunned halal meat is currently supplied to 12,000 pupils at 27 schools in Blackburn, Nelson, Burnley, Rawtenstall, Hyndburn, Clitheroe, and Preston.
Halal meals would still be provided but the meat would be from animals stunned before slaughter. This has been rejected by Lancashire Council of Mosques’ (LCM) which has determined it does not meet fulfil the stipulations of Islamic law.
LCM chairman and Burnley resident Abdul Hamid Qureshi said:
“The LCM position is and always has been that stunning before slaughter means the meat is not halal and there is an argument about whether pre-stunning causes more or less distress to animals that slaughter without it.”
I would personally think that the debate over whether stunning involves more or less suffering for the animal is one of the most nonsensical ever to be had. This is the kind of mind-blowing insanity that cultural relativism produces. Not only are we being dictated to by the tenants of the Islamic faith but we are expected to believe there is a possibility that not being aware of your throat being slashed may involve more suffering than being fully aware.
Qureshi plays the victim card so well;
“This is personal crusade by Cllr Driver. For him, it is matter of feelings but for Muslims, this is matter of faith.
Notice the pejorative and no doubt the deliberate use of the word ‘crusade’ and why do Cllr Driver’s feelings matter less than a Muslim’s faith? I know that the position of UKIP on this question is the cause of some controversy and indeed it has appeared as an issue during the leadership campaign. My estimation is that the majority of the membership are rightly against the barbaric practices associated with Halal slaughter and clarity on the UKIP stance is an early issue that the new leader will need to address.