Subway bans pork, non-halal meat in UK stores

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Fast food giant Subway has removed pork products from 185 stores in the UK, where it will also use only halal meat in a bid to appeal to Muslim customers.

Turkey and turkey rashers will be used instead of ham and bacon, it said.

Islam requires Muslims to only eat meat prepared according to halal rules, which means animals have their throats slit before bleeding to death.

In response to animal welfare concerns, Subway said it would source meat from animals that had been stunned first, to reduce suffering.

The company, which has about 1500 stores in the UK, said its decision to ban pork products was a balance between animal welfare concerns and the views of religious communities.

“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,” a Subway spokeswoman told the Daily Mail.

“We put a programme 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 meat is commonplace in Middle East fast food outlets and is becoming increasingly common in Western countries, particularly in areas with high Muslim populations. Although in many cases stores offer both options.

Halal food is a fast growing industry, with the Islamic population of 1.6 billion increasing at about twice the global rate.

The entire Islamic economy is estimated to be worth $2tr and increasing about 20-25 percent annually.

Dubai announced in January it was planning to launch an international accreditation centre for halal food as part of the emirate's drive to become the world's capital for the Islamic economy.

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Posted by: Conall

@ Richard here's a thought - if you are that concerned about not been given any choice, why don't you take a risk and go start a Subway yourself ? Ludicrous as this might sound, this is exactly what these halal-loving Muslim Subway franchisee owners have done...

Posted by: Doug

@Mr Siddiq - unfortunately, not everyone agrees with your assumptions. Not all of us believe in the same religion as you. In the UK, you are fully entitled to your beliefs. What you are not entitled to do is to force them onto others who don't share them. Indeed, there are many people in Britain who would be extremely offended by your characterising of your position as being the 'Voice of Reason' and the implication that they are stupid and unreasonable. If you cannot understand or comprehend this difference of opinion, I suggest you have neither the experience nor the expertise to make a meaningful contribution to this discussion.

Posted by: Mr.Siddiq Tariq.

Peace Be unto you, We as Muslims are only adhering to The Voice of Reason, The Voice of Allah Karim, Allah The All Merciful 1Lord.

Flesh of swine is most close to the d.n.a . of man, infact one
can transplant the heart into one of man, which is to say in
being 96% it is akin to canablising in a sence and most detrimental . When an halal animal is slaughtered We first
Mention The Lord's Name, it's jagular vein is cut, this allows
for instant painless death, while the blood flows freely, no stunning, and no trauma is felt. If what you eat is what you are, then Sir, we do not eat the stiffened or hardened meat of the animal. All that being the case in an area where no food is to be found, Like the Old Testament, Last of The Scriptures too , The Holy Quran, Book of Allah , His Gifted Nature Tells us , in that "compromising" instance we can well eat the flesh of the swine.

So Dear Mr.Richard , and all Dear Folks it is not for the want or sake of other but the above premise........

Posted by: J Kay

The argument is quite simple really, would Dubai find it acceptable to have 10% of Subway outlets in the city serve 'non-halal' and pork products to cater for the large non-Muslim population who are 'offended' by halal practices? Offence is not the preserve of Muslims only you know!

Posted by: Matt Williams

Just to caveat my last comment ref slaughter,I am a die hard vegetarian so I have issues with every form of slaughter religion aside, no offence was intended ref both methods, I just don't agree with it. Retailers have a duty to be transparent ref food labelling concerning methods of slaughter be it Halal or non Halal so as to cater for all areas of our society in the UK.

Posted by: Matt Williams

@Telcoguy - I think it's more a case of the ongoing reaction to the recent news that many big high street names such as ASDA already include Halal within their range, in some cases such as NZ lamb it's all Halal!. Retailers are reacting to demand in line with an ever changing cultural shift in the UK. Unfortunately the ridiculous covert nature of this system would negate any possible attempt at banning Halal as the horse has already left the stable. The obvious choice here is to assign a balance to the equation by offering both methods of distasteful slaughter to the consumer, however sadly as is the case in my forgotten land the minority rule the majority.

Posted by: Doug

That's not the same argument at all. By definition, the only people legally entitled to live in Dubai indefinitely are Emiratis, who by definition are Muslim. The rest of us here are just guests and if we don't want to eat halal meat, we don't have to live here. The situation is different in Britain where you have people who are British and also Muslim.

You cannot compare the situation between a country where citizenship is determined by birth into a select ethnic group and the legal system is defined according to a specific religion, to a country where citizenship is available via naturalisation and the legal system is defined as being explicitly secular and accepting of all religions.

Posted by: Doug

@Conall - I don't think any decent person opposes Subway stocking halal meat per se, it's about the removal of choice. If someone, for whatever reason, doesn't want to eat halal meat or wants a sandwich that features pork, they're excluded from that restaurant. I don't understand why Subway can't stock both halal and non-halal meat so that patrons of all beliefs can still get the sandwich they want.

The problem is you end up coming to a conclusion that because those who choose to eat pork or prefer non-halal meat tend to do so from personal choice rather than religious motivation, their choice is somehow less valid.

Posted by: WHJ

Who2. Your valuable input is unparalleled. It really shows how objective and unbiased you are. Clearly you yourself are not looking to score points against any specific commentator and that's why you don't single out anyone in your impersonal comments....but thanks for following my posts so diligently. I'm flattered.
As for my "lack of understanding" usual bla bla...I would've challenged that if it were coming from someone whose comments are actually sensible and praise-worthy, but since it is coming from you...I really don't think I should bother.

Posted by: who2

OH dear WHJ.

The bitterness, vitriol and personal attacks in all your posts are really an attempt to deflect attention from your lack of understanding.

Can you get back to the subject at hand, rather than point scoring against individuals?

That makes for a better debate, not a bitter debate.
Thank you.

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