Subway Removes Ham & Bacon To Avoid Offending Muslims

Fast food giant Subway has removed ham and bacon from almost 200 outlets, and switched to halal meat alternatives in an attempt to please its Muslim customers. It has confirmed turkey ham and turkey rashers will be used instead in 185 of its stores, where all the meat will now be prepared according to halal rules. The chain, which has around 1,500 outlets across the UK, explained its decision by saying it had to balance animal welfare concerns with ‘the views of religious communities’.

Traditional halal slaughter sees animals have their throats slit before bleeding to death. But Subway stressed that the meat served in its sandwiches would come from animals that have been stunned first, a practice that aims to reduce any suffering. In Arabic the word halal means ‘permitted’ or ‘lawful’ and defines anything that is allowed or lawful according to the Qur’an. It is often used to indicate food – particularly meat – has been prepared in accordance with Muslim principles and techniques.

Muslims are forbidden from eating any non-halal food and meat from pigs and Subway said customers can identify those stores selling halal food by the special ‘All meats are Halal’ sign, which must be displayed in participating branches. In the halal-only branches ham and bacon has been substituted for turkey ham and rashers. Many animal charities condemn halal slaughter as being cruel to animals.

Traditionally in halal abattoirs the throats of the animals are cut while they are fully conscious – an act many campaigners say is inhumane and needlessly cruel. In non-halal abattoirs, livestock are stunned before killing to prevent any unnecessary suffering. Some halal butchers also practise pre-stunning, though it is not permitted by some Islamic scholars.

In Britain, killing an animal without prior stunning is illegal, but the law gives special exemption to Muslim and Jewish meat producers on the grounds of religion. There are thought to be around 12 abattoirs dedicated to unstunned slaughter in the UK, while hundreds practise stunned halal slaughter.


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Kemp Hospice River Severn Charity Walk

The walk will follow the River Severn, through beautiful countryside and picturesque villages before finishing at Highley. You will then be able to enjoy a cup of tea and piece of cake before boarding the Severn Valley steam train to return to Bewdley. Your registration fee includes a KEMP Hospice t-shirt, slice of cake, hot drink and your single train ticket to return to Bewdley. Registration is £15 per adult and £7.50 for those under 16.

Please contact Kate Wilkinson for more information or go to

Bewdley Railway Station, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1BG
Sun, 16/09/2012 – 9:30am to 2:30pm

Comerstone Family Church Open Day

Cornerstone Family Church is a local Assemblies of God house group church based in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, England. As a Word & Spirit based church, Cornerstone aims to bring a message of faith, hope and love to its community through the preaching of the whole Word of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. CfC offers inspired worship, sound Bible teaching and great fellowship.

Cornerstone Family Church also strives to work with other local like-minded Spirit & Word based local churches in an endeavour to expand the kingdom of God, nationwide. CfC, like any Bible based church, does not view itself as an island and therefore, cannot exist alone. God has called this church to play its part in building his kingdom and not only its own little castle.

Saturday 30th August you can join them for a fun family day event including
Fayre games
Face painting
Bouncy castle
and much more ….

House groups are dispersed geographically and meet Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. for worship, discussion and relationship building. Prayer meetings are currently held every Tuesday at 7.30pm and Friday at 7.00am.

Cornerstone Family Church is a family friendly Church bringing a message of faith, hope and love by teaching God’s Word and the fellowship of his Holy Spirit.

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Soham Christmas Street Fair

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Manure… An Interesting Fact

In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be Transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial Fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common. It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when Wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, But the process of fermentation began again, of which a byproduct is Methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles You can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came Below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM! Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined Just what was happening

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the Instruction ‘ Stow high in transit ‘ on them, which meant for the Sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water That came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start The production of methane.

Thus evolved the term ‘ S.H.I.T ‘ , (Stow High In Transit) which has Come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day. You probably did not know the true history of this word.

Charity Firewalk In aid of Nightingale House Foundation



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