The Palace of Westminster has rejected demands to serve halal meat in its restaurants. 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 their non-Muslim colleagues.
UK DAILY MAIL 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.’
In 2010, the Mail on Sunday revealed schools, hospitals and restaurants were serving halal meat to unwitting customers.
Members of the Church of England have complained that the spread of halal meat was ‘effectively spreading Sharia law’ across Britain.
The Palace of Westminster has rejected demands to serve halal meat in its restaurants However, a spokesman for the House of Lords and the House of Commons confirmed that it was not served in their restaurants.
When the meat is slaughtered, Islamic verse is uttered before the animal has its throat slashed. At Halal slaughterhouses thousands of birds are killed every hour.
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.