Katie Hopkins lashes out at Tesco and Pizza Express for selling halal meat: “Give us secular supermarkets!”

Katie Hopkins has lashed out at Tesco and Pizza Express following the revelation they use ritually-slaughtered meat, dubbing the "religious-friendly food" as "friendly as Ebola"


by Kayleigh Dray |
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It was recently revealed that Pizza Express is serving ritually-slaughtered halal chicken in every dish on its menu that uses the meat.

Under Islamic law, chicken can only be eaten if the bird’s throat has been slit while it is still alive. A Koranic verse is also recited during the ritual.

Some non-Muslims object to halal because they claim the method of slaughter can cause unnecessary suffering.

And now Katie Hopkins has jumped on the bandwagon, taking to Twitter to vent her feelings on the "religiously-friendly" food and slamming both Tesco and Pizza Express for using halal meat.

She said: "Dear @TescoMedia, your customer service team tells me there is unlabelled halal meat in store that has been blessed. Could you clarify?

"I thought churches & mosques were places for religion. Turns out our supermarkets and fast food stores are too. Give us secular supermarkets"

And, later, she added: "Do not use the phrase 'religious friendly foods' in association with halal. About as friendly as Ebola."

In Britain, killing an animal without prior stunning is illegal but the law gives special exemption to Muslim and Jewish meat producers on religious grounds.

The RSPCA said: “We recognise religious practices should be respected but we also believe animals should be slaughtered in the most humane way possible.”

However, despite Katie Hopkins' protestations, a Pizza Express spokesman has revealed that their halal meat IS created in a humane fashion, saying:

"All our chicken is halal approved but it is important to note that all birds are stunned before being slaughtered.

“Our chicken supplier is accredited by the British Retail Consortium. This means it meets the global standard for food safety and legality.”

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