Public 'being misled' over halal meat
RESTAURANTS and sporting venues across the UK have been slammed by animal welfare groups after a national newspaper investigation discovered many were selling halal meat without informing consumers.
The Mail on Sunday (MoS) revealed yesterday (Sunday, September 19) a number of key venues including Wembley Stadium and Twickenham selling the controversial meat, prepared in accordance with sharia law.
All the beef, lamb and chicken sold at Wembley Stadium is halal – with no information telling consumers of its origin, the investigation claims.
Meanwhile, the investigation found three quarters of chicken sold at hotel and restaurant group Whitbread – which owns Beefeater and Brewers Fayre chain outlets – was also halal.
The claims come a week after the world’s largest airline catering firm, GateGourmet, would make most of its dishes halal meaning passengers on British Airways flights will all be served the specially slaughtered meat.
Welfare campaigners claim halal meat involves cruelty to animals, which under sharia law must be killed by slitting the throat with no stunning.
The controversial practice does not involve a bolt gun and involves the animal being killed while still sentient.
The latest revelations will raise serious questions over how much information is given to consumers to help them make informed choices about the food they buy.
The RSPCA and Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (Viva!) have already expressed their outrage at the claims, and Viva called on consumers to boycott those outlets exposed as selling the meat.