...we have to embrace halal meat.
In a vague unfocussed article, this university lecturer rants about the long-standing anti-immigration, anti-semitic, "islamophobic" attitudes of the British - by implication now personified by Brexiteers. This is currently manifested by the increasing opposition to un-stunned ritual slaughter.
The one sensible thing in the piece is a rather vague suggestion that meat produced in this manner be labelled, in the interest of "transparency" (no mention of it being, in theory at least, a legal necessity.) It would, he says, make Muslims more confident in their purchases. No mention, either, that much of the opposition to labelling comes from that quarter, and that if they really wanted it a law would be enacted almost overnight.
Anyway, I think what he's trying to say is that the Brexiters are now going to get their come-uppance, because with the need to expand world trade outside the EU, the UK is going to have to go after the international halal food market. So there!
The (sick) joke is this: we must do that to benefit from trade with the Muslim world, whose population will increase from 1.6 billion to 2.2 billion by 2030? Why is this a joke? Because this character is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability.
His research interests revolve around international migration and sustainable food systems. He is increasingly interested in the relationship between religion, migration and food; and in political ecologies of meat.
Shouldn't he be researching how the population can be sustained through reducing it, or at least keeping it stable, so that less, or at least no more food is needed, rather than encouraging a primitive cruel ritual?
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/religionpublicsp ... t-britain/
‘Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs and literary traditions. They neither intermarry nor eat together, and indeed they belong to two different civilisations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions.’ Muhammad Ali Jinnah