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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

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Killing Whales To Save Them??

Japanese scientists are worried that climate change is making whales skinnier. But they killed 4,500 whales to get the data, in defiance of international opinion. 

What do you think? Does the end justify the means? And is it good use of resources to butcher those whales and sell the meat?        

The Save the Whales movement has been fairly effective, but so-called “scientific” whale hunting by the Japanese has been the most hated loophole. Now we have some actual, useful scientific results, but at a very high cost. 

Some scientists have argued that the research results shouldn’t have been published, because it was unethical to collect the data through sham research that was thinly disguised commercial whale hunting. 

Whales have been the subject of heated debate for centuries, including a raging controversy in the early 1800’s over whether or not a whale is a fish. What seems like a biological question blew up over religious implications and lucrative taxes on fish products. 

Now will we see whales at the center of another culture clash, the global warming debate? For the sake of whales, I hope not.

Posted by Mark Powell

September 21, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Political Change | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment