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#BoycottMcDonalds is trending on Twitter. Know why

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New Delhi: After Zomato and Swiggy, it is fast-food chain McDonald’s that has landed in the soup on Twitter. #BoycottMcDonalds has been trending on the micro-blogging site ever since the chain said that it uses only halal meat.

Why the hoopla?

On being asked by a Twitter user about the kind of meat that is served at McDonald’s in India, the fast food chain had responded by saying, “The meat that we use, across our restaurants, is of the highest quality and is sourced from government-approved suppliers who are HACCP certified.”

How #BoycottMcDonalds started trending?

After McDonald’s replied in the positive, several Indian netizens came down heavily on the food chain and #BoycottMcDonalds started trending. Twitter users started calling out McDonald’s for serving halal meat in a Muslim minority country like India.

What’s the difference between halal and jhatka?

The debate over halal and jhatka meat served at various restaurants across India is not new. Halal and jhatka are two different methods of slaughtering animals for consumption. Hindus in India prefer jhatka method, which involves slaughtering an animal in one stroke and is considered by Hindus to be less cruel. Muslims, on the other hand, follow the halal way of killing animals which consists of using a well-sharpened knife to make a swift, deep incision that cuts the front of the throat, the carotid artery, trachea, and jugular veins. This method is slow in killing the animal, as opposed to jhatka.

Even as people have lambasted McDonald’s, there are people who have come out in support of the food chain, saying it respects religious sentiments and hence never sold pork or beef in India. Here are some of the reactions:

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