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May 1, 2014 - 11:47 am

Bacon — is there anything edible that’s better than bacon?

And is there anything better at Subway than adding a couple of slices of bacon to an already great footlong?

Subway patrons in the UK may no longer have that option. Subway UK has kowtowed to the demands of  a few, to deprive precious bacon from the many.

Fast food giant Subway has removed ham and bacon from almost 200 outlets, and switched to halal meat alternatives in an attempt to please its Muslim customers.

It has confirmed turkey ham and turkey rashers will be used instead in 185 of its stores, where all the meat will now be prepared according to halal rules.

The chain, which has around 1,500 outlets across the UK, explained its decision by saying it had to balance animal welfare concerns with ‘the views of religious communities’.

It’s the view of a specific religious community. There are other religious communities that may not eat pork products, but they haven’t gone around demanding that no one else be allowed to eat those products. Muslims have. In 185 Subways in the UK, they have won.

To me, this seems pretty simple. Subway should continue to offer bacon if it sells. If you don’t want to eat bacon, you don’t have to. In fact, let me know and I’ll be happy to take it off your hands.

These are words to live by.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The British Emprire was the result of a bunch of well-armed young men looking for a decent meal.
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"Who knows why this was happening. "

Anybody with an ounce of sense knows why this is happening.

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muslim population is growing and consuming - -just as they said they would.
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Just means more bacon for the rest of us....
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Its really kind of sad in one way. Replacing bacon with turkey is supposed to make the Muslims feel better. But I'm pretty sure that Allah isn't stupid. His people are chowing down on fake bacon but they are dreaming about eating real bacon. Like vegetarians who eat vegeburgers - which are shaped like and taste like a hamburger - they are hypocrites. So instead of going to hell for eating bacon, they'll be going there for lying in their hearts.
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And in the words of B Bunny, Esq, Bon Voyagee.
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"Why Did Nearly 200 Subway Restaurants Just Take Bacon Off Their Menu?"

Why did the author answer his own question in the article? Poor writing? Or poor editorial control?

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The demand is not "don't sell bacon here or I'll kill you", now is it? It's "don't sell bacon here or I won't eat here, since it's against my religion". Well, if there are enough Muslims in a neighborhood, it would be economically wise for a Subway outlet to not serve food that would deny it that customer base. Well then?
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It's an example of the dangers of sloppy writing. Such thoughts as you wrote did cross my mind, but I think they mean "market demand" in an economic sense i.e. desire to buy halal meat sandwiches.
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I agree. I doubt if anybody even explicitly demanded requested a halal menu on their own initiative - not that something like that would not be legitimate; people organize to let companies know what they want all the time. It's probably a "demand" in the sense you said - Subway did market research and it turns out a demand for halal places exists in certain areas.

P. S.

Of all the things one can say against Islam, "the bastards are changing British cuisine" is not exactly #1. In fact if there is something in western culture against which a violent Jihad is surely justified, it's British cooking...
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The British Emprire was the result of a bunch of well-armed young men looking for a decent meal.
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And warm summers.
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"And warm summers."

Oh, to be in April, now that England's here.

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Last time I was in Israel, McDonald's didn't sell pork-containing products there. I assume they have the same policy in Muslim countries.
In Australia they used to have McBeet sandwiches or something to that effect.

If the local client base is better served by dropping a product or adding a new one, I don't see a problem with that.

I am not well versed in Khalal, but an observant Jew cannot (as opposed to "will not") eat at a place where there is a danger of his food touching tref.

If a community in England has become "Little Karachi", then that might be a problem, yet it's not Subway's problem, but that of England. What IS Subway's problem is that it has a simple choice on its hands: lose the bacon, or lose 90+% of its clientelle at that particular location.
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In this case, the particular location is England.
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Since Subway hasn't gone khalal England-wide, that's an exaggeration.

No, supposedly it is 185 out of 1,500 Subway locations.
I would guess those 185 are in densely Muslim areas, because at 12%, it is a much higher ratio than that of their Muslim population (5% or so).

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Muslim may well 12% of urban working class neighborhoods population, though, where cheaper, fast food places are mostly located.
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Oh, unclench. We're talking around 12% of Britain's Subway stores. Nobody is going to be denied bacon. Who knows why this was happening. It could be that these specific stores were seeing significant losses because their ham and bacon stocks were going bad, or that these stores are owned by one or more franchisees that asked corporate for some flexibility in sourcing.

Tell me, would you be this upset if Subways in Israel or New York City started offering a Kosher menu?
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"Who knows why this was happening. "

Anybody with an ounce of sense knows why this is happening.

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No, anyone who lacks an ounce of sense assumes they know why this is happening.
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It's probably happening because Muslim customers, evilly following their plan to take over the world, want to eat in subway's where they live. The bastards.
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I think it's more the case of Subway restaurants, following their evil plan to make a profit, want Muslims to eat in the Subways where they live.
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You don't see the difference between Israel and England in this situation?
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Tell their American outlets to stick it where the Sun don't shine.
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