Dutch Government Set To Ban Religious Animal Slaughter

(Tuesday, June 28th, 2011)

The following is from the AP:

Amsterdam – The Netherlands’ parliament is set to pass a bill banning any slaughter of livestock without stunning, removing an exemption that has long allowed orthodox Dutch Jews and Muslims to butcher animals according to their centuries-old dietary rules.

The threat of a ban has caused an international outcry from Jewish and Muslim groups, who say it will make it impossible for them to eat meat and practice their religion freely. They argue their method of slaughter — by swiftly cutting animals’ throats with a razor-sharp knife — is no more painful or cruel than other methods.

The legislation going to a vote Tuesday enjoys support on the political left, which sees ritual slaughter as cruel to animals, and on the right, which sees it as foreign and barbaric.

One Comment

  1. aryeh_z says:

    This is an excellent account of the mater.

    Poisoning the well of animal welfare
    By Spengler
    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/MF28Dj01.html

    Aryeh Zelasko
    Beit Shemesh

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