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Lancashire's divided over school halal meat decision

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Published by Alice Sofield at 4:00am 16th July 2018

The dust still hasn't settled on our County Council's decision to ban unstunned halal meat in Lancashire's schools.

The decision to ban unstunned halal meat was made last week following a consultation. Most of the responses didn't want the change to happen.

In fact, after a consultation in February and out of 8,545 responses, 65% strongly disagreed with moving away from the status quo.

2BR have been speaking to the CEO of Lancashire Council of Mosques, Abdul Quereshi. He says council leader Geoff Driver is forcing his personal views on the county:




The Lancashire Council of Mosques worries that this will divide the people of Lancashire.

Abdul blames the council for having personal opinions dictate the result.

27 schools in the county use the council's catering service. Within our county's schools, there is the demand for unstunned meat from the Muslim community. Requests for this, by a proportion of children, are on the basis of their religious belief.

However, the Leader of Lancashire County Council Geoff Driver, commented that the change was in line with animal welfare issues and humane slaughter. He hopes people know this was how they arrived at the decision.

Abdul Quereshi added that he believes people are using the decision as an excuse to bash the Muslim community, without knowing the full story:

"This is not right. We are discussing that schools should have the option and have their own access (to unstunned halal meat).

"Lancashire people are caring people, they understand the needs of other communities and in general they are in support of that.

"We are good people to be bashed. The approach should be fair.

"This is not the right attitude for the leader of Lancashire County Council.

"We have a love for the society. This has a deep implication and we are not objecting for the fun of it. We want the broader community to understand. We are sure however that the bulk of the community is in favour of us."

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