Friday, 10 August 2007

Muslims protest over pet food factory that could 'rain down' pork

In the Daily Mail (why do my alerts keep taking me to that online paper, I never read it!)
A group of Muslims have opposed plans for a pet food factory to be built as possible pork emissions will violate their religious rights.

The article notes that this could get worse since:

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.

When will it end?

This is purely an environmental health and pollution issue. If the factory does not pollute the atmosphere in the neighbourhood with detectable odours - whether ones find these olfactorily or religiously noxious or not, that is all that counts.

We live in a country where everyone if free to practise their religion or not. This does not give anyone "religious rights" to interfere with the non-religious business of others. There are, or should be, no such rights. It is the duty of everyone, including local councils and planning offices, not to pander to such dubious rights.


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