I cam across this article on BBC.co.uk, needless to say it made me chuckle for all the wrong reasons. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21312752
I have never understood the fascination with Halal or Kosher food. Yet, if you ask a believer for a reason you will get one. Usually very drawn out with no point, like it is unhealthy to eat pig meat? Uhmm in the days before we knew about things like tape worm or roundworm, I will agree with this argument. Even though other meat was eaten and there are various disease and parasites you can get from beef for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creutzfeldt%E2%80%93Jakob_disease. But now that we are no longer cave men and know how to use things like fire and look after our farm animals its no longer a problem. I mean even if you had to get one of these worms, you could get medicine and be treated..... go science! However if you eat beef and get Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease you are not able to recover.
Raises the questions where is the god now to talk about unclean meat? Maybe it would just be better if god would come and say hey buddy don't eat that steak today. I mean god is omnipotent right?
Another thing that bothers me........ when is it no longer pork. If a pig dies and its body gets broken down into respective parts, which then get assimilated into a plant. This plant then gets eaten by a Jew or Muslim.... is it pork? I mean it was at some point was it not? So when does something stop being something.... surely when you cook pork (pig meat) its no longer on the pig so not dirty?
These arguments are I suppose irrational, just like a belief in a god.
Lest we forget Christians are not exempt from this craziness as well, Just read Leviticus 11 versus 7-8. http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Lev&c=11&t=KJV#7
7: And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he [is] unclean to you.
8: Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they [are] unclean to you.