Local Mosques Clash With County Council Over Halal Ban
We have previously reported on Lancashire County Council and its ban on non-stun Halal meat being served in schools across the country. The Lancashire Council of Mosques is resisting the decision claiming that the council did not consult and it is bound too before making any decisions.
The chief executive officer of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, Abdul Hamid Qureshi, said:
“The council is bound to consult before making any decisions and there was no consultation.
“This adds to huge community tensions on our society.”
Mr Qureshi said that he would call for a region-wide “boycott” of school meals if the council did not backtrack.
The leader of Lancashire County Council, Councillor Geoff Driver, indicated that a climbdown maybe on the cards:
“If it is felt that we haven’t consulted appropriately before we made the decision we will do that because we clearly don’t want to either break the law or cause the county council any unnecessary expenditure.”
Mr Driver had previously pressed for the ban as he believes it is “really, really cruel to slaughter animals without stunning them first.”