After immense pressure from Muslim groups, Subway has caved and will now only be offering Halal meats as well as removing bacon and pork from their menus in nearly 200 of its stores across Great Britain and Ireland.
The sandwich chain said in a statement that “following a strong demand” from Muslims, they’re going to convert 185 of their stores to be Halal only. The stores will be identified by multiple signs being hung to clearly state that it’s a Halal restaurant.
A spokesman for Subway said that “The growing popularity of the Subway chain with the diverse multicultural population across the UK and Ireland means we have to balance the values of many religious communities with the overall aim of improving the health and welfare standards of animals.
“We put a program into place in 2007 to ensure that the population demographic is taken into account when new store openings are considered in order that we meet consumer demand in each location.”
“Halal” in Arabic means “lawful” or “permitted” by the Muslim holy book the Qur’an, and Halal meats have a specific manner in which the animal must be slaughtered.
Along with being required to only eat Halal meats, Muslims are forbidden from eat any pork products which is why the restaurant chain removed bacon and ham. They said they’ll be replacing those products with turkey ham and turkey rashers.
In most Halal slaughterhouses, the animals have their throats cut while they are still conscious, without first being stunned so they don’t feel the pain. However there are some Halal butchers who will first knock the animals out before killing them, depending on the specific sect of the religion they practice.
Great Britain doesn’t allow livestock to be slaughtered without first knocking them out except for where religion dictates that can’t happen, as with both Muslims and Jews.
Subway said that with all of their Halal meats the animals will first be knocked out.
“All our suppliers comply with EU animal welfare legislation as a minimum and we require suppliers of halal products to adopt the stunning of animals prior to their slaughter.”
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