Dawn: IF you were to read only the tabloid press in the UK, you could be excused for thinking that an Islamic takeover was imminent. From Sharia courts to the stealthy introduction of halal meat into the national diet, it would appear that a shadowy Muslim army is waiting in the wings.
The current scare is about the revelation that Pizza Express, a national franchise, uses halal chicken in all its poultry-based pizzas. Shock! Horror! But it turns out that the fast food chain laid this out clearly on its website a couple of years ago. Then we are informed by Nesrine Malik in the Guardian that 96 per cent of halal poultry is stunned before being ritually slaughtered.
The supposed objection in the West to halal meat is that animals suffer unnecessary pain by having their throats cut. But the reality is that unlike much of the Muslim world, animals in the UK are stunned by electric bolts, so they feel nothing at the end. In the case of halal meat, a ritual prayer is recited at the moment of death. “Ah!” say the critics. “But what if we don’t want our meat to be ritualistically prepared? What if our faith — or the lack of one — demands that we eat meat that is not halal or kosher?”