Aug 5 2010
Now they are furious? NOW? Where was the outrage when they saw their politicans opening up the floodgates to Muslim immigration years ago? Now it’s too late. Better start shopping for headrags for your daughters.
Parents have expressed fury at plans to serve pupils halal-only menus for school dinners.
In a move which has also enraged animal welfare groups, only meat from animals killed and prepared using Islamic teaching may be allowed at 52 primaries in Harrow.
Critics say the plan puts the needs of Muslim children before those of other faiths, while parents say they have not been consulted over the scheme.
The local authority is thought to be the first in England to consider insisting on a halal-only menu apparently after recommendations of dietitians.
According to the 2001 Census, Harrow is one of the most religiously diverse areas in Britain with fewer than 50 per cent of the population Christian, a fifth Hindu and 7 per cent Muslim and six per cent Jewish. (ONLY 7% are Muslim yet everybody is forced to eat Muslim food?)
The council says the composition of the area’s primary schools is now significantly different, and the Muslim population is larger. (It still only 7%)
Using the halal method, animals are slaughtered by being slashed across the neck and being left so that the blood drains from the carcass.The religious ritual, which does not allow the animals to be stunned beforehand, is considered cruel by campaigners and is exempt from animal welfare laws.
Harrow resident Sheila Murphy told the Harrow Observer: ‘I am appalled at Harrow Council’s decision to serve only Halal meat in the borough’s schools.
‘The Halal method, in which animals are slaughtered by a single slit to the throat, is the only way of killing livestock allowed under Islam but this method is deemed cruel by some animal-lovers, who object to the slow death it involves.
‘Harrow Council’s decision is also taking away the choice of children and their parents over what meatthey eat and I urge Harrow residents to make their views known to Harrow Council and get this decision overturned.’
The council will be using its preferred supplier, Harrison’s, which has been providing halal-only menus to Harrow’s high schools for four years after a decision reached by a consortium. Masood Khawaja, of the Halal Food Authority, said: ‘It is commendable for schools to provide halal meats but there must be an alternative for non-Muslims. ‘Some people are opposed to halal meat on animal welfare grounds and they should be given the choice not to eat it.’
A council spokesman said: ‘Halal meat was written into the specifications when high schools were procuring their catering contracts. However, the local authority admitted that the plans to expand the scheme into primary schools is on hold until autumn after complaints from parents.UK DAILY MAIL