The halal meat debate as explained by Twitter

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Restaurants like Pizza Express and Nando's have been serving halal meat without announcing it. Here is how everyone is reacting...

Nandos chicken

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So, what's been going on?


It has been revealed big restaurant chains and supermarkets have been serving halal meat without telling customers.

Big supermarkets like Tesco, Asda and M&S have been selling halal lamb and chicken without labelling it on the packet.

Meanwhile, restaurant chains like KFC, Pizza Express, Subway, Domino's and Nando's are using halal meat in some if not all of their restaurants. According to the Daily Mail, only Subway and KFC label the meat as being Halal on their menus.

The reason being given is that it simplifies the suppliers chain as it can be eaten by Muslims and non-Muslims alike and thus saves cash.

What exactly is Halal meat then?


Halal is ritually slaughtered meat, killed in line with the Islamic law. In a nutshell, this means that the animal must be healthy before being killed, and have its throat slit and all the blood drained from its body.

Why are people upset?


Several reasons.

Firstly there is the issue of animal welfare as 10% of the animals killed in this method are not always pre-stunned. Both The British Veterinary Association and RSPCA warn not stunning is less humane and increases suffering.

European regulations say that animals need to be stunned before slaughter, but exceptions are made on religious grounds. According to The Independent, 12 slaughterhouses in the UK do not stun in accordance with more traditional practice.


Secondly, there is the issue of labelling, with people arguing regardless of whether you eat Halal or not - it is just another example of people not really knowing where their food comes from.

This has also been an issue for other religious groups as Sikhs and Orthodox Jews can not eat Halal meat.


Why has this turned into a question of racism?


Good question.


But what does Russell Brand think?


Vegetarian Russell Brand laughs in his news round-up how newspapers are reporting the meat 'has to be alive' before it is killed. Because, well duh. He also thinks you should go veggie.


Are people making jokes already?



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