A halal supermarket in Paris has reportedly been closed down for refusing to sell pork and alcohol products.
According to reports, the Good Price retailer in the Parisian suburb of Colombes was threatened with closure in the past for violating the terms of its lease – this stated that they were required to operate as a ‘general food store’ which must offer a full range of items for sale.
A court ruled that along with the closure of the store, a fine of around £3000 would also be payable.
According to the Daily Mail:
A French halal supermarket has been shut down for not selling alcohol and pork.
The Good Price mini-market in Colombes, Paris was threatened with closure last year for violating the terms of its lease which required it to be a ‘general food store.’
But owner Soulemane Yalcin refused to stock alcohol and pork and a court has now ruled that his rental lease must be cancelled.
The court of Nanterre decided on Monday that he failed to meet ‘the needs of all inhabitants.’
The ruling came after locals complained they could no longer get a broad range of products after the halal supermarket replaced a regular supermarket.
Last year Nicole Goueta, the mayor of Colombes, visited the store to urge Mr Yalcin to begin selling alcohol and pork.
The mayor’s chief of staff, Jerome Besnard, said that he asked the owner to ‘diversify’ his range of products on sale following complaints from locals.
To be fair, it sounds like the owner had been warned that he had a duty to meet the needs of all customers who lived near the store itself – those who follow a halal diet and the others.
More to the point, the terms of the lease had been broken, but at the same time it was still a bold move by the authorities to get the site closed down.
Essex MP calls for halal meat to be BANNED from schools
The Clacton MP Giles Watling has issued a call for halal meat to be banned in local schools.
According to Watling, there are concerns over the welfare of animals who are slaughtered for halal meat, and because of this he has called upon Essex County Council to prohibit the use of the meat in the county’s educational establishments.
According to a report in the Essex County Standard he said:
“I find the practise of not pre-stunning before slaughter abhorrent.
“Whilst I am a committed believer in the free market, should Essex County Council take the decision to ban meat that isn’t pre-stunned before slaughter, it would send a strong signal to the market and force organisations to take a stronger line with their own suppliers.”
Mr Watling has written to the county council’s chief executive Gavin Jones asking it to consider introducing a ban of halal meat being provided to schools, a decision recently taken by Lancashire County Council.
Mr Watling said he also wants to ensure that all meat sold to consumers is appropriately labelled to identify whether meat has been pre-stunned or not. “This is not just the responsibility of local authorities, we need to take steps in Westminster to address this issue,” he added.
As Lancashire County Council have already made a resounding statement against the practice of halal slaughter, surely it is only a matter of time before other county authorities follow suit?
The only potential stumbling block for councils who come to this conclusion is that there will always be critics who call it a ‘racial’ issue as opposed to an ‘animal welfare’ issue.