Thousands of Muslims are expected to boycott school meals in a county after its council became Britain’s first to ban halal beef and lamb from unstunned animals.

Some 27 schools across Lancashire serve meat from halal suppliers that do not stun animals before slaughter, including Church of England and Catholic schools.

But the county council’s Conservative leader Geoff Driver proposed a ban, calling the practice an ‘abhorrent’ one that causes animals unnecessary stress and pain.

This week councillors voted 41 for the ban – which excludes poultry – with 24 of them against and 15 abstentions, reported the Lancashire Telegraph.

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