I'm interested in opinions on a potentially contentious issue. During a P&F meeting at my children's school, it was proposed that all sausages and meat products for future P&F BBQs at sporting events etc be purchased from a new halal supplier, rather than the local butcher who has supplied the school for many years. The basis for the proposal is that there are an increasing number of students who cannot eat either non-halal meat, or are kosher, or have various other requirements - and apparently halal food will cover all cultural requirements. The proposer made the point that there will be no difference in taste or presumably cost, so the non-halal students would be unaffected, but the students with cultural requirements would be catered for. A new BBQ or two will need to be purchased, but at present it is necessary for a relatively small amount of halal meat/vege burgers to be cooked in frypans at a separate location (you cannot cook halal food and non-halal on the same BBQ) so it will also be more convenient to be able to cook all food together. This makes perfect sense to me, but I have a couple of reservations:
Is it fair to the existing supplier to take our all of our business elsewhere simply because he is not a halal supplier, even though he's done an excellent job for many years?
Is there likely to be a backlash from the non-halal section of the school community? I personally have some reservations over the method of slaughter required for halal certification, and would prefer to have the option of halal or mainstream, but wonder whether running two bbqs alongside each other, one with halal meat and one not, will possibly lead to a division between the students that doesn't presently exist.
Have any forumites had a similar issue at school/sport/work etc?