UK church asks schools not to serve ‘halal meat’ to pupils

February 13th, 2011 - 2:26 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 13 (ANI): The Church of England has asked its schools to make sure that they do not serve halal meat amid concerns that a number of them are providing meat slaughtered according to Islamic law.

The official guidance was issued after Church members complained that the use of halal meat was effectively ’spreading sharia law’ across Britain, the Daily Mail reports.

The Church’s financial arm has also come under pressure to withdraw its investments, worth millions of pounds, in supermarkets that do not clearly label halal food.

Media reports had claimed last Sunday that halal products were being used in schools, hospitals, pubs and sporting venues without informing the public about it.

Over 10,000 Christians, many of whom have reservations about eating meat from animals that are bled to death while an Islamic prayer is recited, have signed a petition calling for proper labelling.

The news had also outraged animal rights campaigners as they believe that animals are often not stunned before their throats are cut with a sharp knife. (ANI)

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