Excerpt:

Today's debate on whether Lancashire County Council school meals should use 'halal' meat only from pre-stunned animals has been defended by the authority's leader.

Tory Geoff Driver has come under fire for reviving the issue which caused a boycott by thousands of Muslim children in 2012.

He said this morning: "This is an animal welfare issue, nothing more nothing less.

"The reason it has been raised now is because the contract for meat supplies is coming up for renewal.


Read the complete original version of this item...