FURIOUS parents last night hit out at plans to serve halal-only school dinners.
Pupils will have no option but to eat meat slaughtered following Islamic teachings specifically for Muslims.
The controversial technique involves unstunned animals bleeding to death after having their throats cut.
But all high schools in the London borough of Harrow have been told to provide only halal meat on menus.
Already two of the borough’s 52 primary schools have chosen halal-only menus. There are fears the other 50 will follow this autumn.
Angry opponents say it is blatantly pandering to Muslims by trampling over the feelings of other faiths.
Harrow resident Sheila Murphy said: “I am appalled at Harrow Council’s decision. The Farm Animal Welfare Council has lobbied the government in the past to get the kosher and halal method of slaughter banned.
“The halal method is deemed cruel by some animal-lovers who object to the slow death it involves.
“Harrow Council’s decision is also taking away the choice of children and their parents over what meat they eat and I urge Harrow residents to make their views known to Harrow Council and get this decision overturned.”
Masood Khawaja, of the Halal Food Authority, said: “It is commendable for schools to provide halal meats but there must be an alternative for non- Muslims.
“Some people are opposed to halal and kosher meat on animal welfare grounds and they should be given the choice not to eat it.”
But Mohammad Rizvi, spokesman for the Pakistan Society of Harrow, defended the plan, saying: “For Muslim children the only option they have is to eat halal, whereas it isn’t a problem for children of other faiths to eat halal.
“This isn’t about Islamification or pandering to Muslims, it’s just common sense.” Animal rights group say halal meat is cruel because animals suffer a slow death.