CAMPAIGNERS against a Halal slaughterhouse in Skegness say they will not support a political demonstration due to be held later this month.
The National Front has planned what it claims will be a 'peaceful' demonstration in the town centre on September 15, to 'educate' people about the procedures used.
Alford woman Tess Turner has been leading a campaign against the abattoir opening because of her concerns over animal welfare but says she will not support a political march on the issue.
She has started a number of online petitions and Facebook page, Say NO to Halal slaughter in Skegness.
Tess told the Target: "The reason I started the campaign page was nothing to do with politics and race, it's just an animal welfare point of view.
"I knew the demo was taking place and said I wouldn't be able to take part unless it was just to do with the slaughterhouse and no political banners etc.
"Obviously they are doing it from a political point of view so I have told them I won't be involved.
"I'm just an ordinary person that doesn't want to see this place open. I've found out so much since starting, 70 per cent of meat we buy in this country is Halal meat."
The slaughterhouse on Heath Road has not yet opened and the Target has been unable to contact anyone involved with it.
Under Islamic law, to be classed as Halal animals for slaughter must be healthy and uninjured at the time of death, although some Muslim authorities accept forms of stunning beforehand that can be guaranteed not to kill the animal.
Animals are then killed by severing the neck arteries and jugular vein.
National Front deputy chairman, Kevin Bryan, said: "We are completely against plans for a Halal slaughterhouse in Skegness and plan to hold a demonstration in the town on the 15th and will also be handing out leaflets.
"It's pointless having the demonstration outside the slaughterhouse as we want to be seen so it will be held possibly just off Lumley Road.
"Obviously people need educating on how cruel Halal slaughter is, the Qur'an doesn't allow for animals to be stunned first and we want to educate people.
"We want to hold a peaceful demonstration and want the public to be alerted to the evils of halal slaughter. We will have our own stewards on the day and can give a guarantee there will be no trouble."
In a joint statement Lincolnshire Police and East Lindsey District Council said they were aware of the planned demonstration.
They said: "The police and council are actively looking to engage in dialogue with the organisers to establish the objectives of the demonstration to make sure that it is able to take place peacefully and within the confines of the law.
"This should take place with minimal disruption to the town's residents and visitors.
"We respect any organisation's democratic right, but safety remains a priority and any breaches of the law will be dealt with robustly."