State parliamentarians in Germany's northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein called on the state government to ensure that pork “should remain part of the food on offer in public canteens as well as schools and kindergartens”.
“More and more canteens, kindergartens and schools are taking pork out of their menus so as to cater for religious custom,” said Daniel Günther, CDU leader in the state parliament in Kiel.
“We insist on a healthy and balanced diet. In our culture, eating pork is a part of that,” Günther continued.
It's a move that may have been inspired by northern neighbour Denmark, where the city of Randers has required public institutions to serve pork.
But while the CDU insist that they didn't want to make pork obligatory, the mockery had already taken off online.
“No, it's not the first of April,” Green Party MP Konstantin von Notz wrote on Twitter.
— Konstantin v. Notz (@KonstantinNotz) March 1, 2016
“Vegetarians, vegans and Muslims are in a Holy Trinity: taking over power in Schleswig-Holstein canteens,” Social Democratic Party (SPD) deputy leader Ralf Stegner snarked.
Vegetarier,Veganer+Moslems in politischer Dreieinigkeit: Machtübernahme in SH-Kantinen.
Nord-CDU kämpft für Sie!#Schweinefleischoffensive
— Ralf Stegner (@Ralf_Stegner) March 1, 2016
“First Vegetarian Day, now obligatory pork,” Free Democratic Party leader Christian Lindner wrote. “Diversity tastes better than rules. Time for peace on our plates!”
— Christian Lindner (@c_lindner) March 2, 2016
Fortunately for canteen workers all over Schleswig-Holstein, the SPD-Green Party state government rejected the plan.
“I see no need for the state to act,” state agriculture minister Robert Habeck said.
“I don't share the idea of abrogating our constitutional rights in favour of the duty to eat chops or mince,” he added.