Halal and Jhatka meat row has engulfed social media again – and this time the victim of the troll mockery is McDonald’s India.
A Twitter user recently asked McDonald’s India whether they serve halal meat in their restaurants. They replied saying ‘All our restaurants have HALAL certificates’. Since then, #BoycottMcDonalds has been trending online.
Now it’s McDonald’s India turn after religious controversies related to Zomato delivery. This time it is on to the next level, from Zomato’s delivery boy’s religion to ‘halal and jhatka’ row.
In July, Zomato found itself on the receiving end of irrational anger on Twitter after its viral tweet, Food has no religion.
When Twitter users called out Zomato saying if food had no religion, why did they add a ‘halal’ tag to their restaurants, the food aggregator app tweeted out their statement on the halal-jhatka debate.
McDonald’s India is receiving backlash on Twitter over the never-ending debate of halal and jhatka meat being served in Indian restaurants, and while halal meat is declared, jhatka is not.
Thank you for taking the time to contact McDonald’s India. We truly appreciate this opportunity to respond to your comments.— McDonald’s India (@mcdonaldsindia) August 22, 2019
The meat that we use, across our restaurants, is of the highest quality and is sourced from government-approved suppliers who are HACCP certified. (1/2)
It seems like it is now McDonald’s India that has rubbed a certain section of netizens the wrong way.
One Twitter user @HasdaaPunjab wrote, “Go To Hell, then. We Hindus only have JHATKA MEAT, Will educate others as well to not have any Non Veg Food From your chain. If you not want to end up like ZOMATO, ensure that JHATKA MEAT is served. Else, embrace for Financial Loss.”
Go To Hell, then. We Hindus only have JHATKA MEAT, Will educate others as well to not have any Non Veg Food From your chain. If you not want to end up like ZOMATO, ensure that JHATKA MEAT is served. Else, embrace for Financial Loss. https://t.co/ySGeo7Cxec— ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (@HasdaaPunjab) August 23, 2019
History of controversies around Halal and Jhatka meat
In August 2018, Delhi municipal corporation has proposed that all restaurants and shops selling or serving meat in east Delhi will have to mandatorily display boards specifying if it is halal or ‘jhatka’ meat.
In February 2017, Hindu and Sikh bodies write to PM on halal.
Over six organisations of Indians, including those of Sikhs and Gujaratis, in Australia have sent a letter of protest against Air India adressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Ganapathi Raju, alleging that the national carrier was only offering halal meat to its passengers.
The difference: Why Halal is better than Jhatka method
As the blood provides good culture for bacteria formation, the less the blood the less the bacteria and more healthy the meat.
Halal is practiced by slitting throat. This method of slaughtering an animal is the least painful, making it the most healthy meat to eat. It allows the blood to be drained out completely.
Jhatka method is killing the animal with a single blow or you can say instant beheading. It causes blood clotting in the animal, blood provides good culture for bacteria to form.
After knowing the fact about Jhatka and Halal method many Non-Muslims started eating Halal instead of Jhatka.
In local market also, Halal is easily available as compared to Jhatka method of meat.