A proposal to ensure pork remained “part of the food on offer in public canteens as well as schools and kindergartens” failed to pass the parliament in a northern German state, according to English language German news site The Local.
Lawmakers in Schleswig-Holstein who supported the plan argued that pork had been removed from menus across the region in order to conform to Islamic customs. Germany has seen an influx of Muslims among the refugees streaming in from Syria and other wartorn parts of the world. Devout Muslims are forbidden from eating pork.
“More and more canteens, kindergartens and schools are taking pork out of their menus so as to cater for religious custom,” Christian Democratic Union parliament leader Daniel Gunther said.
But many in opposing parties mocked the measure.
“Vegetarians, vegans and Muslims are in a Holy Trinity: taking over power in Schleswig-Holstein canteens,” Social Democratic Party deputy leader Ralf Stegner wrote on Twitter.