London: British Muslim MPs have been told they cannot have meat slaughtered in line with Islamic tradition because the method is offensive to many of their non-Muslim colleagues, a media report said.
The halal method involves slitting the animal’s throat without first stunning it. The Palace of Westminster has rejected demands to serve halal meat in its restaurants, the Daily Mail reported.
The stance has infuriated some parliamentarians who have eaten meat in the Palace’s 23 restaurants and cafes, having been assured that it was halal.
Lord Ahmed of Rotherham said: “I did feel misled. I think a halal option should be made available.”
Alison Ruoff, a member of the Church of England, said: “It’s a bit hypocritical that the Houses of Parliament, which have allowed other people to provide halal food, have ruled it out on their own premises.”
Spokesmen for the House of Lords and the House of Commons confirmed that halal meat was not served in their restaurants, the newspaper added.