An increasing number of public canteens, child daycare centres and schools have stopped serving sausages, bacon and ham over religious considerations. Now members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party are fighting to keep pork on the menu, insisting the consumption of pork is part of German culture. Daniel Günther, party representative, claimed that pork products were being taken off the menu in schools, nurseries and canteens across the country.

He said: “The protection of minorities – including for religious reasons – must not mean that the majority is overruled in their free decision by ill-conceived consideration. Mr Günther argued that tolerance also means “the appreciation and sufferance of other food cultures and lifestyles”. He argued that those who didn’t want to eat pork didn’t have to, adding: ”The consumption of pork belongs to our culture. READ MORE