Stop: Meat plant next to place of worship
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Bradford Council

Stop: Meat plant next to place of worship

    1. Petition by

      Respect Worship

On Tuesday 13 August 2013 Bradford Council approved a planning application by Pakeezah Supermarket to open a meat processing plant directly behind Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara (Sikh Temple), off Leeds Road, Bradford.

In doing so, the Council has ignored the voices and concerns of the entire Sikh community, thousands of like-minded constituents and the general public at large who have objected to the plans, as they offend the sanctity of a place of worship and hurt the sentiments of worshipers.

A Gurdwara is a place of worship, for quiet contemplation, prayer and meditation. All meals served at a Gurdwara are strictly vegetarian as Sikhi teaches compassion and respect for all life including the lives of animals. The approval of a meat processing plant being built in the immediate vicinity of a Gurdwara, that will be processing lamb, sheep, cow and chicken carcasses seven days a week, is not only disrespectful but also extremely hurtful to the whole community.

The decision to approve the planning application may well set a precedent going forward.

What will stop other Councils from approving similar planning applications which disrespect places of worship?

Bradford Council's decision as it stands means planning permission could be granted for a pork processing plant to be built next to a Mosque or a Synagogue, a beef processing plant next to a Hindu Temple, or a lap-dancing club next to a Church.

ACT NOW: Please sign the petition and add your comments.

This will be used as part of an appeal against the Council’s insensitive and hurtful decision.

Let us remind Bradford Council of their responsibility to uphold the views of their constituents. This decision has an impact not only locally, but also nationally and internationally, as it hurts shared values and sentiments.

By signing this petition you will also be helping protect the sanctity of all places of worship in the future through the #RespectWorship campaign.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Gurdev Dhesi YORK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      Meat processing should not be allowed/going on so near to a place of worship.

    • Herjinder Singh LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      This is a grave situation with no consideration to the Gurdwara in situ and as a place of sanctity.. Hence a clear disregard to Sikh sensibilities setting a worrying precedent whereby commercial wishes would overrule dearly held community sentiments. As custodians of community interests/needs the local councillors need to be very mindful of these deeply held sentiments.

      • 2 months ago

      What is this council doing?

      Surely the planning officers council leaders should consider the values of all religions when consider planning applications next to places of worship regardless of religion. Any unsuitable applications which disrespect the sanctity of worship should be declined.

      As previous comments mention, this decision will set a precedent for the future.

    • Charles Britton BRADFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      This would affect the the local community in a negative way and offends the sanctity of a place of worship and hurt the sentiments of worshipers.

      • 3 months ago

      This is Completely Wrong and Unfair not Just On Sikh Community but its also Disrespect to All Communitys

      Its a Place Of Worship which should Be taken into consideration by all Religions.

      There is soo Much Land Available all over the places.

      The Meat Plant Places Can and Should actuallly be opened anywhere else.


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