Police authorities in Lancashire have removed all meat from the diet of Muslim prisoners, in order to avoid the difficult and costly process of certifying everything as halal. According to the Lancashire Telegraph:
Meat off menu for Muslim prisoners
Chicken has been pulled from the menu for Muslims in police custody over fears it had been contaminated by pork products.
Police have now taken all meat off the table for Muslims as food was being labelled as ‘produced in accordance with Muslim law’ but was not Halal.
Lancashire Police Authority bosses insisted that no Muslim had been given one of the microwave meals on the premise and the decision to scrap the meals was taken to remove any confusion.
The new system, where only vegetarian meals are offered to Muslims, was introduced towards the end of last year.
A diet of chickpeas, falafel, and rice would be punishment enough for me.
The difficulty arose out of the procurement process for the institutions’ food:
“What they noticed was that some of the food packaging said produced in accordance with Muslim law.’ It was pointed out that this was not Halal.
“It refers to some of the utensils used to put the meal together as opposed to how the meat is slaughtered.
“No Muslims were told this food was Halal, but we wanted to take away any confusion.
“We tried to get assurances from the supplier that this type of chicken was not being used, but this was not possible.”
He said that to avoid any confusion or uncertainty the constabulary introduced the new system.
Meals labelled ‘produced in accordance with Muslim law’ or similar will no longer be ordered and Muslim detainees are made aware that the faith compliance of any meals cannot be guaranteed with the exception of the vegetarian option.
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The Muslims in Lancashire are not happy; they think the police should be willing to go the extra mile:
But chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, Hamid Qureshi, said: “Taking meat totally off the menu is not right. They should be trying to provide Halal meat.”
Notice the whiny tone. The filthy infidels should make the extra effort and expense to accommodate the needs of Muslim lawbreakers. Muslim prisoners are entitled to receive options that no other prisoner has the right to claim. Until they wake up and convert to Islam, the infidel swine must cater to the followers of the prophet according to dictates of the Koran.
[The issue] was raised after reports that imported chicken from Holland contained pork in order to retain moisture.
We had our own secular version of the same issue when peanut products crept into airline snacks and caused serious and even life-threatening problems for people with allergies to peanuts. The airlines eventually had to remove all traces of peanuts and peanut oil from their offerings, so I expect that the Lancashire Constabulary will eventually have to cave and do the same with their food.
In the modern PC world, a determined person with a grievance always holds the trump card.
But for the time being, Muslims enjoying the hospitality of the Lancashire authorities will have to choose between vegetables or haram.
Maybe they should go whole hog and actually become vegans. That would further cement their alliance with the greenie Left.
Hat tip: LN.