UK muslims oppose pet food's 'pork emissions'
In the UK, a group of muslims have opposed plans for a pet food factory to
be built as possible pork emissions will violate their religious
Butchers Pet Care planned their factory in Coton Park, near Rugby. One angry
family who live less than 100 yards from the proposed factory, but who did not
wish to be identified, said: "A significant proportion of meats used in the pet
foods processes are pig meat.
"Our religion expressly forbids us to
consume pig meat in any form. Because of the way in which this meat material
will leave the factory and give that the area can be 'rained upon' we will be
consuming pork via inhalation of this 'rain'. "Not only that but our clothes
will be contaminated by pork."
Respect the religions
Park Residential Association spokesperson Grant Scott said: "Several families
have complained because of the smell of the pork, and also if the factory is
cooking with it, pork particles and odour could rain down on them from the
chimney at some point.
"It was something we hadn't taken on board
before but it's definitely important and is a very delicate
"If muslims are unhappy about it, then Jews may complain for
the same reason, and Hindus may complain because of their beliefs about cows
being sacred animals.
"There is a significant muslim element in our
area, so there is a potential problem. We feel sure that there are other areas
where this factory could be built that would not impact on us or others like
Not many pork ingredients
The pet food company said
there is an 'almost 99% guarantee' the smell of pork would not reach the Coton
Meadows residential area.
A statement from Butchers Pet Care said:
"The majority of our natural products are beef and poultry. "Pork ingredients
account for less than 10% of our range. At Coton Park we plan to introduce
state-of-the-art odour extraction through the chimney stack."
Environmental Health Agency are investigating the potential affects, with a
decision about the factory's future due in September.
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