What everyone can agree on is that Britain’s Muslims eat lots of meat. The Eblex study estimated that they ate about 20% of the country’s lamb. The British Muslim population is 2.7 million, or nearly 5% of the total – a number that it has been estimated could rise to 8% by 2030. Small wonder that people in the meat industry are being attentive to their Muslim customers. “Supermarkets killed the fishmongers and the bakers,” said a slaughterman at a Birmingham abattoir who asked not to be named. “They’re trying to ban halal because of the stunning issue. If they do, every English sheep farmer is finished.”

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