Let There Be Pork: Denmark Sends Message to Muslim Migrants

Did somebody say bacon?

Council members in the Danish town of Randers have decided that all public cafeterias must include pork on its menus each day.

Though some critics say the move reeks of anti-Muslim sentiment, officials say the decision was purely based on economics and keeping the identity and culture of Denmark in tact. As The Washington Post notes, with 5,000 farms in the country raising millions of pigs (maybe amounting to more than the human population), this agricultural industry is crucial to the Danish economy, accounting for nearly half of its export business. 

However, it is clear that the rule is intended to send a message to Muslim asylum seekers that Denmark isn't about to change its heritage for a few newcomers not willing to assimilate. Other measures the country has enacted to keep the influx of migrants at bay include allowing police to seize the refugees' cash and valuables, as well as increasing the requirements if they intend to stay for longer periods. These measures have proved to make Denmark one of Europe's strictest in accepting refugees. So far, only 13,000 have sought asylum in the country out of over one million seekers.

The pork rule includes cafeterias in kindergartens and day cares, whose menus critics argue already served pork dishes on a regular basis. The council stressed that this is not an effort to force Muslims to eat something their religion prohibits, as the Post pointed out, but only to send "a message to refugees and other migrants that Denmark [is] unwilling to give up part of its culture to accommodate others."