Council scraps halal ban in schools

Preston Primary school. Credit: Irha Acedo.

Lancashire County Council (LCC) voted to stop using halal meat in schools in October. The ban was prompted by County Council’s Conservative leader Geoff Driver who branded the slaughter of unstunned animals ‘cruel’.

Mohamed Jundi, a 28-year-old parent says: “We are worried about ourselves and our children because we are Muslim and we have to eat halal meat.”

The Islamic community in Lancashire were furious and threated to take them to a High Court judicial review, claiming that the council failed to consult them in this decision. The Lancashire Council of Mosque (LMC) called for a boycott of school meals.

Abdul Hamid Qureshi, leader of LMC, released a statement saying: “We recognise that this will have a significant impact on schools across Lancashire and more importantly on the children.”

Unstunned halal meat is supplied to 12,000 pupils at 27 council-run school in Preston, Blackburn, Burnley, Clitheroe, Nelson, Rawtenstall and Hyndburn.

According to the British Veterinary Association, more than 80% of halal meat is pre-stunned and is acceptable to many Mulsims.

The council has now written a letter to the LMC saying that they will continue to provide meat under the terms of the current agreement and ‘consider afresh’ in future voting.