Halal butchers and grocery stores in Edmonton are seeing a surge of popularity -- a sign of both a growing Muslim population in the province and a steady trend of non-Muslims seeking out the specially-prepared meat.

"It's increasing. We can see that almost everyday. People they want to try it first to see the difference. They like it and they keep buying it," said Khalid Hajer, who owns a halal meat shop in north Edmonton.

"They come here for fresh meat. but they know it's healthy."

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