بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
Shocking news out of one French city today, as the Mayor of Arveyres has decided to remove substitute protein meals when pork is being served to a school in his village. The school contains some 180 students, 30 of which do not consume pork due to either being Muslim or Jewish. The Local (French News in English) reports:
“Parents of some of those pupils affected have taken umbrage to the decision.
“We are not asking for halal or kosher meat,” one mother told France blue radio. “We just want a meal with substitute protein.”
Certain parents had even offered to cook meals for the children and bring them to school but their offer was dismissed by the town’s mayor because it would be “logistically hard to implement and ethically shocking”.
The mayor of Arveyres, Benoit Gheysens told AFP the move was being taken because of the cost of providing alternative meals, many of which went to waste.
“Often children who did not take the substitute dinner complained as well and left the pork. It distressed the staff to see how much food was wasted,” Gheysens said.
The mayor, who believes the school in Arveyres is not the only one in France facing such a dilemma, has vowed that the children will get all the protein they need saying vegetables, salads and lentils will be offered when pork is on the menu.
The mayor said pork was served no more than once a week.”
wa Allaahu ‘Alam.