A SWANSEA store is among nearly 200 of the Subway branches now serving only halal meat.
The Subway in St Helen's Road, Swansea, would have had to apply to be a halal restaurant, according to the company.
The chain, which has around 1,500 outlets across the UK, said it had to balance animal welfare concerns with 'the views of religious communities'.
Traditional halal slaughter sees animals have their throats slit before bleeding to death. But Subway stressed that the meat served in its sandwiches would come from animals that had been stunned first, a practice that aims to reduce any suffering. Many animal charities condemn halal slaughter as being cruel to animals.
Muslims are forbidden from eating any non-halal food and meat from pigs, and Subway said customers could identify those stores selling halal food by the 'All meats are Halal' sign, which must be displayed in participating branches.
A spokeswoman for Subway said: "The way it works is that when a franchisee looks to open a new store a review of the consumer demographic is carried out and if there is demand, that's something they can apply for."
The manager of the St Helen's Subway refused to comment and referred us to head office.