Hindus demand boycott of McDonalds India for providing Halal meat

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#BoycottMcDonalds is trending on Twitter after the fast-food chain confirmed that their restaurants are providing Halal meat across India, which is home to a Muslim minority.

The fury began after a social media user asked the food chain on its official Twitter handle whether they were serving halal meat in India which they confirmed with a positive response.

“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 wrote.

The response triggered the Indian Hindus to call a boycott and threatening that the franchise will be treated like Zomato which faced a downfall in the region over a similar controversy.

In July this year, Zomato found itself on the receiving end of much ire on Twitter after its viral tweet: Food has no religion.

When Twitter users called out Zomato saying if food had no religion, why did they add a ‘halal’ tag to their restaurants, the Zomato tweeted a statement on the halal-jhatka debate?

“Immediately #boycottmcdonalds, you have proved food has religion,” a Twitter user wrote. 

The controversy went on to spread like fire on the micro-blogging platform, with critics warning the franchise of consequences.

Jhatka is a method preferred by Hindus as they consider it “less cruel”, while Muslims always keep an out for halal meat, which they consider to be healthier.

Some users, however, came forward questioning the relevance of the controversy.