Contrary to stereotypes, not all those planning to go will be Muslim by faith: there is a small but expanding group of people who opt for halal much as they might choose free-range or organic meat.Wha..? Is it me, or are they very, very different things?
Simon Teal, 32, a scientist at Pfizer who lives in Wimbledon, London, explains why. "The meat has more flavour, and cuts that you flash fry or grill, like lamb chops, are more tender than non-halal meat. Plus buying halal gives me more confidence about where the meat has come from in the same way that buying something that is organic or free-range does."Really? I mean, really..? And you're a scientist?
Restaurant chains that are changing their menus include Pizza Express, which uses only halal chicken. One in five branches of Nando's serves halal-certified chicken, and KFC is running a halal trial in about 100 of its outlets.They’ve trialed it to death, haven’t they? And it often hasn't worked out as they think...
The issue can be incendiary, however, on both faith and animal welfare grounds. Dr Kausar admitted he is braced for protests.
"An element of society will use this to express their anti-Islamic sentiments," he said.Yeah. Sure. That's all it is. Of course.