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Holy row as councils supplying schools with halal meat accused of "normalising cruelty to animals"

Holy row as councils supplying schools with halal meat accused of "normalising cruelty to animals"

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
24/01/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

WARNING DISTRESSING CONTENT: Is halal meat a religious right or grotesque animal cruelty? 

By law, all animals should be stunned before slaughter, but UK and European Union rules give exemptions on religious grounds. Kirklees in West Yorkshire is one of 17 councils that provides halal meat to schools from animals that have not been stunned before having their throats cut. Last week council leader Shabir Pandor questioned whether those campaigning to ban non-stun slaughter really have animal welfare at heart.  This debate has been generated deliberately on the back of creating divisions, hatred and putting communities against one another,” he said. Refusing to consider changing the council's policy, he tweeted: "Our policy on halal will remain in place." The  responded by accusing Councillor Pandor of trying to silence the debate.