What is Halal meat?
Some groups in Europe and the United States have sounded dire warnings about Halal meat. Halal refers to food that is permissible for Muslims to eat. Like Kosher meat for Jews, Halal meat comes from an animal that is slaughtered by cutting its throat and draining all the blood – a practice that helps prevent foodborne illness. Similar to kosher meat, the person who carries out the slaughter must be of practicing faith. Halal meat is blessed with a prayer.
Class discussion: Are you suspicious of Halal meat? Why or why not? What about Kosher food? Is the negative reaction to Halal food the result of bias and antagonism against Muslims? Have other ethnic foods been viewed suspiciously in the United States? How much do you know about where your food comes from? Do you know what chemicals and drugs are used to produce the food on your plate?