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Lancashire council bans schools from serving pupils non-stunned halal meat

Muslim community leader tells The Independent that the vote was 'unnecessary and will be divisive'

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Lancashire Council passed a resolution to ban non-stunned halal meat from school meals Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/PA Images

Thousands of Lancashire schoolchildren will no longer be served un-stunned halal meat for school meals after it was banned by the county council – a move branded “unnecessary and divisive” by Muslim leaders.

The resolution agreed by the council states that it “recognises and respects the Muslim community’s requirements for their food to comply with their religious beliefs”, but that it was “concerned that slaughtering animals without stunning them beforehand causes them unnecessary stress and suffering”.

However, Abdul Hamid Qureshi, acting CEO of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, told The Independent that the vote was “disappointing” and warned the ban was “unnecessary and will be divisive”.

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