Do you want halal meat?
If you’re in Britain, you might be eating halal meat without knowing so.
A Mail on Sunday investigation – which will alarm anyone concerned about animal cruelty – has revealed that schools, hospitals, pubs and famous sporting venues such as Ascot and Twickenham are controversially serving up meat slaughtered in accordance with strict Islamic law to unwitting members of the public.
Honestly, I don’t have anything against eating halal meat. I assume that I’ve eaten it at a Pakistani restaurant in Saskatoon as well as at a Muslim wedding reception. Kosher foods don’t bother me either. The meat isn’t affected by some words chanted during the slaughter. I do think that it is wrong for a public facility like a school or hospital to only purchase meat from halal butchers. If the purchase is tendered and the Muslim butcher has the superior bid (best meat at best price), then buy from them. Otherwise, buy from the normal butcher. To purchase only from members of one religious group is not fair and a potential waste of taxpayer dollars.
Of course, if the meat is halal, it should be labelled as such. Why not just label it correctly?
I’m more concerned with truth in marketing and consumer labelling. Do you remember H67 Donair? That’s the Saskatoon restaurant which sells “sausage”, “pepperoni”, “bacon” and “ham” which are actually fake, halal, non-pork versions. Muslims get halal pizza while non-Muslims get lies.