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Halal meat in your meal? It's not a big deal for Boat Club

HERVEY Bay Boat Club CEO Ed Gibson refuses to apologise for serving Halal certified food at the club's El Puerto Brazilian BBQ restaurant.

Mr Gibson's stand follows an attempt online to boycott the establishment for catering to Muslim people.

In a closed Facebook group with more than 3000 members dedicated to reviewing the "best and worst" places to eat in the region, a Urangan man uploaded a post which said he would be avoiding a "certain restaurant" which served meat that was killed and treated in "a way that is against our great Aussie tradition".

"I for one as well as a lot of my friends will not be dining/eating (at $48) at this overpriced restaurant that caters 4 a small minority," the man said in the post.

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While the man did not name the establishment in the original message, El Puerto was identified as the restaurant he was referring to in the more than 88 comments , after people asked for it to be named.

Boat Club CEO Ed Gibson said he was very disappointed to hear some community members would not support El Puerto because it was Halal Certified.

"We have a lot of Muslim [boat club] members, a lot of them are in the medical field that live in Hervey Bay," Mr Gibson said.

"We're not going to discriminate, we've got members from all religions and we try to look after everyone regardless of their beliefs."

He said the choice to serve Halal-certified food at El Puerto had been an "absolute benefit" to the business.

"It's sold out pretty much every night," he said.

"The meat that we've been buying all comes Halal Certified anyway, most people don't understand that most abattoirs provide Halal meat, it just happens to be that way."

El Puerto also offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

The Facebook poster from Urangan was contacted for further comment.

 

Halal Certification

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