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The Daily Mail reports that the Palace of Westminster has no intention of serving halal meat, although some Muslim MPs and peers thought it already was:

Muslim MPs and peers have been told they cannot have meat slaughtered in line with Islamic tradition because the method – slitting an animal’s throat without first stunning it – is offensive to many of their non-Muslim colleagues.

The stance has infuriated some parliamentarians who have eaten meat in the Palace’s 23 restaurants and cafes, having been assured that it was halal.

Lord Ahmed of Rotherham said: ‘I did feel misled. I think a halal option should be made available.’

When Muslim countries allow Bibles, prayer books, tracts, crosses, crucifixes and Christian evangelism, then we can entertain the notion of a halal meat ‘option’ — as long as it is just that — in the Palace of Westminster restaurants.

It’s parlous that most of the UK’s population is eating halal meat which they buy at the supermarket and in restaurant chains without even knowing it:

In 2010, the Mail on Sunday revealed schools, hospitals and restaurants were serving halal meat to unwitting customers.

Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Somerfield and the Co-op all said they stocked meat slaughtered according to Islamic tradition without letting customers know.

Fast-food chains including Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, KFC, ­Nando’s and Subway are also using halal meat without ­telling customers, it was revealed.

Members of the Church of England have complained that the spread of halal meat was ‘effectively spreading Sharia law’ across Britain.

Thanks to the Mail‘s articles on the subject in 2010, I blogged on the proliferation of halal meat around the world. Few people are aware of it. The country least likely to be affected for the time being is the United States, but that, too, could change.

See my Recipes / Food page for more on halal.

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