Why is #BoycottMcDonalds trending?

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 23 August 2019, 11:45 PM
After Zomato, McDonald’s gets into halal vs jhatka meat controversy. (File photo)
After Zomato, McDonald’s gets into halal vs jhatka meat controversy. (File photo)

After Zomato, McDonald’s got into the halal vs jhatka meat controversy, and now, it is facing a boycott call, with #Boycottmcdonalds trending on Twitter after they said they serve halal meat in all their outlets. After a Twitter user asked McDonald's India whether their outlets are Halal certified, the company said it does serve Halal meat to its customers.

"The meat that we use, across our restaurants, is of the highest quality and is sourced from government-approved suppliers who are HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certified".

"All our restaurants have HALAL certificates. You can ask the respective restaurant Managers to show you the certificate for your satisfaction and confirmation," McDonald's India tweeted.

The response left Netizens attacking the company's Twitter handle.

Some users said eating halal meat was unacceptable for Hindus and Sikhs, and hence they were boycotting the food chain.

"McDonald's we Hindus want jatka meat," posted an angry user while another wrote: "I don't want to eat needlessly cruel halal meat. What option do I have? Or should I not eat at McDonald's?"

The response irked many users who blasted the fast food major for serving Halal meat to a nation where 80 per cent people are non-Muslims.

"Dear @McDonalds, per your response, should I understand that your products are not meant for non-Muslims in India? Do let me know," tweeted another.

In a similar incident, Zomato faced flak after it said that food doesn't have any religion while responding to a customer declining to accept an order delivered by a Muslim delivery agent.

"Thanks for the info what about jhatka meat which we Hindus eat either start serving or we ain't gonna come to ur outlets ever," posted an angry user to McDonald's India.

Here's how others reacted: 

The Jabalpur police in Madhya Pradesh recently sought an undertaking from Zomato customer and local resident Amit Shukla that he would not spread religious hatred. Shukla had tweeted about cancelling an order placed on Zomato, a food agreegator firm, as the person who was assigned for delivering his order was a "non-Hindu". "We took suo motu (on their own) action against Shukla," Superintendent of Police (SP) Amit Singh told PTI. 

A notice was issued to Shukla demanding a written undertaking that he would not spread hatred which may disturb social and religious harmony, the officer said. The police has also put him under surveillance, he said. Shukla violated constitutional provisions where there is no place for any kind of untouchability and acts disturbing religious harmony, the SP said.

His tweet, which went viral on social media, triggered a debate about religious bigotry. Zomato refused to resolve Shukla's complaint. "Food doesn't have a religion. It is a religion," the company tweeted in response to his request for another delivery man.

First Published: Friday, August 23, 2019 11:45 PM
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