Pork would become mandatory on cafeteria menus in Germany if some elected officials had their way. Some state politicians are pushing for a law to require pork dishes to be served in all government buildings such as schools and prisons. The mandatory menu inclusion legislation was drafted in response to claims that pork was being removed from cafes and schools because it was offensive to Muslims.
Christian Democratic Union politicians in Schleswig-Holstein said all pork products had been removed from schools and other places where food was served to prevent problems with the Muslim community, the Daily Mail reports. The CDU is the party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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According to claims by the CDU, the pork ban was enacted in the northern region of the country for "religious reasons."
German Christian Democratic Union Party representative Daniel Gunther had this to say about the brewing battle over pork in the country during an interview with Deutsche Welle.
'The protection of minorities - including for religious reasons - must not mean that the majority is overruled in their free decision by ill-conceived consideration, The consumption of pork belongs to our culture, No one should be obliged to do so, but we also don't want the majority having to refrain from pork."
According to Gunther, at least one daycare center in every voting precinct in Schleswig-Holstein had stopped serving pork for religious reasons. The mandatory pork proposal at "state canteens" and schools was ultimately rejected by local public officials in Schleswig-Holstein.
"More and more canteens, kindergartens and schools are taking pork out of their menus so as to cater for religious custom," Gunther added. "We insist on a healthy and balanced diet. In our culture, eating pork is a part of that."
Schleswig-Holstein State Agriculture Minister Robert Habeck stated that he does not see a reason for the government to become involved in the pork controversy.
"I don't share the idea of abrogating our constitutional rights in favor of the duty to eat chops or mince," Habeck told reporters from the Local.
Social Democratic Party (SPD) Deputy Leader Ralf Stegner claims that Muslims, vegans, and vegetarians have become a "Holy Trinity" in Schleswig-Holstein eateries and schools.
German Free Democratic Party Leader Christian Lindner does not support either a mandatory pork order or the first Vegetarian Day which was recently enacted.
"Diversity tastes better than rules. Time for peace on our plates," Lindner said.
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