Denmark: Local governmant rules that kindergartens must serve pork to Muslim children

The employees of day care centers in Randers can not in the future choose to not buy pork in the supermarket when shopping for the children’s dinner.

In Denmark, a country with more pigs than humans, pork has become the latest element of a debate that has been declared a culture war.

Earlier this week, the city council of Randers made it mandatory for public institutions, including cafeterias in kindergartens and daycare centers, to have pork dishes on their menus. The council members said that their decision was an effort to preserve Danish identity and culture — including pork meals which are consumed by most Danes.

Pork is often on the menu at these kinds of cafeterias, which is why critics are calling the decision a farce intended to fuel anti-Muslim and anti-foreigner tensions. A few efforts to ban it have provoked debates in the past, including an incident in 2013 when then-Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt criticized day cares that had stopped serving meals that included pork. But according to Agence France-Presse, only 30 out of more than 1,700 day cares were affected.

Pork — which is usually not consumed by observant Jews and Muslims — is central to the Danish food industry. On its website, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council states that the consumption and export of pork are crucial to Denmark’s economy. There are about 5,000 pig farms in the country, with several million animals. “Exports of pig meat account for almost half of all agricultural exports,” the council wrote.

The decision is likely to please anti-Islamic lobby groups. Although the council stressed that it did not want to force Muslims or Jews to eat food that contradicts with their religious beliefs, some considered the decision a message to refugees and other migrants that Denmark was unwilling to give up parts of its culture to accommodate others.

On Facebook, anti-Islam politician Martin Henriksen welcomed the city council’s decision. “It should be needless to say … that it is unacceptable to ban Danish food culture, including dishes with pork,” he wrote. “What’s next?! The Danish People’s Party works nationally and locally for Danish culture … and hence, we are also opposed to Islamic rules … which dictate what Danish children should eat.”

The British Independent newspaper quoted Manu Sareen, a former integration minister, as criticizing the council’s decision as an effort “to impose a forced ideology … in this case on children.”

Denmark has become one of Europe’s most restrictive countries in terms of dealing with the influx of refugees. Last week, the Danish government secured a parliamentary majority for an immigration bill that would also allow police officers to seize cash and valuables from refugees. The proposal has provoked outrage internationally. Switzerland passed a similar law years ago.

Sourced through from: / Washington Post



  1. Linda Batrick

    there should be no reason to accommodate these people in food. there are plenty of other foods they can eat. as you day you are a great pork eating country and should stay that way.

    • paulywido

      The Quran and Sharia law makes concessions that where halal food is not available, necessity overrules religious obligation…there is absolutely no need to accommodate their demands…

  2. Iftikhar Ahmad

    It is a well-known fact that several religious texts forbid the eating of pork. According to Leviticus, the third book of Judaism’s Torah and Christianity’s Old Testament, pork is an “unclean” meat since pigs do not “chew the cud.” Meanwhile, the eating of pork is condemned no less than four times in the Qur’an of Islam. While no direct reason is given for this condemnation, many Muslims believe that it is because pigs are disease-ridden animals.

    The Religious Texts Are Correct

    Though science and religion rarely share a similar perspective, there are many scientifically-valid reasons for this religious condemnation of pork. Pigs really are dirty, unclean animals that eat almost anything, including rotten food, urine, faeces, maggot-infested carcasses, and even cancerous growths. That is the nature of the scavenger, and being raised on an organic, sustainable farm will not change that nature.

    This unpleasant diet wouldn’t necessarily be a problem for humans if pigs had a digestive system that effectively removed the toxins from their bodies, but therein lies the problem: They don’t. Unlike ruminant animals such as cows, sheep, and goats, which can take up to 24 hours to digest their vegetarian food, pigs digest their foul food within a mere four hours. This is not nearly long enough to remove excess toxins, so those toxins are stored within the fat cells and organs of the pig itself. Worse still, pigs do not have sweat glands (which are important agents for detoxification), further compounding their toxic load.

    Consequently, pigs are walking vessels of parasites, viruses, and other destructive organisms. A few of the many organisms that pork can transmit to humans include:

    Taenia solium – An intestinal parasite that can cause cysticercosis (tissue infection) and loss of appetite.

    Menangle virus – An unpleasant virus that can cause fever, rashes, chills, sweating, and headaches for between 10 and 14 days.

    Hepatitis E – A viral liver inflammation that can trigger jaundice, fatigue, and nausea. Chronic instances can lead to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.

    Trichinella – A parasitic roundworm that can cause fever, malaise, edema, and myalgia.

    Yersinia enterocolitica – A volatile bacterium which, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports, was present in 69 percent of all raw pork samples tested. It can cause gastrointestinal distress, fever and, in the most extreme cases, fatal infections.

    Moreover, unlike most other meats, there is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to guarantee that all these organisms and their eggs will be killed. Even freezing pork doesn’t ensure that all organisms, especially certain species of worm, will be killed. As a result, even the most meticulously prepared pork will often contain harmful parasites and viruses.

    Still want to eat that organic bacon?

    • paulywido

      Well I have managed to reach the ripe old age of seventy eating eggs and bacon for breakfast everyday and roast pork at least once a week so i guess that blows that theory right out of the water!…lol…greetings Iftkhar…long time no see!

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