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AMSTERDAM (The Blaze/AP) — The Netherlands’ parliament has passed a bill banning any slaughter of livestock without stunning (rendering the animal unconscious prior to killing it), removing an exemption that has long allowed orthodox Dutch Jews and Muslims to butcher animals according to their centuries-old dietary rules. According to The Times of India:

It stipulates that livestock must be stunned before being slaughtered, contrary to the Muslim halal and Jewish kosher laws that require animals to be fully conscious.

Watch a report from Al Jazeera that provides background on the issue:

Video:  Dutch calls for ban on religious slaughter

However, the bill, which was drafted by the Animal Rights Party (ARP), must still pass the senate and the government says it may be unenforceable in its current form. ARP is the first group of its kind in Europe to capture seats on a national parliament.

Before the bill’s passage, ARP head Marianne Thieme said, “This way of killing causes unnecessary pain to animals. Religious freedom cannot be unlimited. For us religious freedom stops where human or animal suffering begins.”

The threat of a ban led to outcry from Jewish and Muslim groups who say it infringes on their right to freedom of religion. They argue ritual slaughter – done by swiftly cutting animals’ throats with a razor-sharp knife – is no worse than stunning. According to Chabad.org, Simon Cohen, campaign director for Shechita UK, which represents slaughterhouses in the United Kingdom, was less than pleased with the bill. He said:

“If you’re telling me that what I’m doing is cruel, then bring forth the evidence. Provided they can’t prove these methods are cruel, they have no right under Article IX of the European of Human Rights to outlaw them.”

The bill passed Tuesday with support on the political left, which sees ritual slaughter as inhumane, and on the right, which sees it as foreign and barbaric.

Source:  The Blaze

July 1, 2011 - Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rights And Awareness, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Religious non human animal slaughter is in reality devil worship massacring creatures the devil knows has the the spirit of God in them, and wants to in their mind to be crucifying Jesus in the non human animals in ceremonies called holy, but are demonic with no saving grace in them at all. It is good that those so called holy religious ceremonies have been banned. This is showing the hearts of men are changing for the better. I am not saying meat eating is bad, but I am saying those ceremonies are bad. Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice, and no sacrifice shall be greater.

    Comment by Jonathan Hughes | July 1, 2011 | Reply

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