News From : DagangHalal.com (13 Dec 2010)
LONDON, Dec.13, 2010 (News Agencies)– .
A motion by the far right British National Party to remove halal menu from the city’ schools has been defeated in the Stoke-on-Trent’s council. Currently, seventeen of the city’s ninety three schools have halal options available after at least ten percent of the parents backed the move.
Councillor Michael Coleman of the BNP had tabled the motion to remove the halal menu, calling it ‘barbaric’ for not being stunned before the slaughter. But his critics say that the issue had nothing to do with the humane treatment of animals and was only ‘electioneering.’
Labour Councillor Joy Garner said: “There is hardly any difference from the slaughter that goes on in most slaughter houses.
“The vast majority of halal meat is stunned first. The only difference is a prayer is read over the animals.
“We have a duty to look after animals, not just a few minutes before death.”
Labour councillor Debra Gratton said: “Seventeen of our schools are provided with halal meat which is clearly labelled.
“Such products are only introduced after consultation with parents.