The internet is a bit angry today – it’s pissed off about Halal Meat.
If you don’t understand what ‘Halal Meat’ is, read this. Put simply it’s a ritualistic way of killing an animal that is ‘okay’ for Muslim folk to consume under Islamic Shari?ah. It’s in the news today because Pizza Express have admitted their chicken is all now Halal, following Subway’s lead on removing Ham and Bacon from some of its stores and offering Halal alternatives.
Many people seem to be up in arms about the fact that Muslim Meat is coming over here, stealing all our Meat Jobs and taking our Meaty Benefits.
Whilst I don’t think the ‘Halal’ way of killing an animal is particularly pleasant, I’m not overly enamoured with the killing of ANY creature, no matter for sport or food. It’s not nice no matter how it’s done, whether their throats are slit, or they get electrocuted, you’re still killing something.
Generally, most people don’t give a hoot how the cute little lambs and chickens end up on their plates, it’s never really been of interest to most, so long as it comes in neat packaging and tastes meaty. Who cares? As a nation we’re happy to consume ‘value’ meat, with ground up pigs arseholes and trotters put in the mincer – but, when you start chucking in words like, Halal, Islamic, heck, even Kosher, people get nervous and scared.
If you’ve been to a curry house and had anything meat based you’ve probably eaten Halal Meat, no one really thinks about it, or even cares, it’s been that way for years! As soon as the middle class world of Pizza Express is messed with, we’re all up in arms and getting angry about it.
If you’re going to start getting all precious about the method of how your dinner is being slaughtered, perhaps try being a vegetarian? I *do* eat meat. Admittedly, I’m eating less these days, if I’m in a restaurant or picking up lunch somewhere, I’ll actively hunt down the (V) symbol to try something new. It’s become a little challenge of mine, and I’m really enjoying it – vegetarian food is delicious and satisfying – who knew?! I’m actually getting to the point where I think I could give up meat full time and not miss it, something I *never* thought would happen!
Eating Halal Meat won’t kill you, it won’t turn you Muslim, or make your skin darker, it’s just another way of killing an animal that will end up on your plate. Don’t like it? Don’t eat it.