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:
On this #Janmashtami, let us follow Krishna and slay one more evil of Halal. Zomato learnt the hard way, and now it is time to show @mcdonaldsindia that India is no less important than the USA where they stopped selling Halal. #BanHalal in India or we #BoycottMcdonalds https://t.co/c4WeHyTB4t
— Sanjay Dixit ಸಂಜಯ್ ದೀಕ್ಷಿತ್ संजय दीक्षित (@Sanjay_Dixit) August 23, 2019
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) August 23, 2019
— No Conversion (@noconversion) August 23, 2019
Vegetarian Bhakts are going gaga over the kind of meat Mcdonald serves in its Indian restaurants. #BoycottMcDonalds
— Shahid Raza (@schaheid) August 23, 2019
This is what you want to trend?? Kfc & mac does not sell beef/pork respecting religious sentiments.????
Lets not make an issue out of everything. Does it matter to a meat eating Hindu how the meat is cut.????
Grow up!????#BoycottMcDonalds pic.twitter.com/emFZ13OFyC
— ڈاکٹر شفق ذوالفقار♡ (@ShafaqZulfiqaar) August 23, 2019
— Lone Wolf???? (@Syed_Afnan1) August 23, 2019
Bhakts at odd days : Celebrate Bloodless eid, don’t kill animal
— Ahmed. (@TheMalfoyGuy) August 23, 2019
With what shameless glee is @mcdonaldsindia telling that they sell “Halal” certified meat in a country which has 79% Hindus .
What a disgrace that you are forcing halal to ur majority hindu & sikh customers who would want to have jhatka meat
— Ritu (सत्यसाधक) #EqualRightsForHindus (@RituRathaur) August 23, 2019
— Mr.Trippy ???? (@psychedelicbuoy) August 23, 2019