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Subway Removes Ham From Almost 200 Stores After ‘Demands’ From Muslims
Subway, a famous sandwich chain which has now expanded in over 100 countries, has now removed ham and bacon from 200 of its stores offering halal meat after strong demand from Muslims.
They Want to Keep Customers Happy
The Fast Food Giant confirmed switching to halal meat alternatives in order to retain its Muslim customer base. They planned to use turkey ham and turkey rashers in the stores and all the meat will be prepared as per halal rules.
The chain intends to balance animal welfare concerns with ‘the views of religious communities’.
The Religious Belief behind Halal
The word “Halal” means permitted or lawful and points to things which are allowed or lawful according to the Quran.
The community believes that halal which indicates food, especially meat, be prepared in accordance with Muslim principles and techniques.
Halal Slaughter – Cruel or Not?
As per tradition, the halal slaughter involves cutting the throat of an animal while they are fully conscious which many campaigners believe is inhumane and a cruel act.
Britain laws state killing an animal without prior stunning is illegal but there are exceptions for Muslim and Jewish meat producers on the grounds of religion.
Some halal butchers also follow pre-stunning an animal which is not permitted by Islamic scholars.
The Subway Methodology
As per the food chain, in all their participating branches, the halal meat is from animals that were stunned prior to slaughter.
The food giant aims to balance the values of many religious communities with the overall aim of improving the health and welfare standards of animals.
The halal meats used in their stores are certified by the appropriate halal authorities.
The Final Conclusion
The Scientific research indicates that the slaughter of an animal without stunning can cause unnecessary suffering. There is no concern with the expression of religious belief but the practice of killing an animal without stunning it is still an unanswered question among many.
RSPCA believes that meat produced from the slaughter of an animal stunned or not stunned should be labeled for the customer to make their own choice and continue for change in law thereby improving the welfare of all farm animals at the time of slaughter.