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Dutch upper house rejects ban on ritual slaughter

Dutch upper house rejects ban on ritual slaughter

The Dutch upper house, the Senate, on Tuesday rejected a bill that would have banned the ritual slaughter of animals and had been criticised by both Muslim and Jewish groups.

The bill, proposed by the small Party for the Animals, stipulates that livestock must be stunned before being slaughtered, contrary to Muslim halal and Jewish kosher laws, which require animals to be conscious.

The lower house of parliament passed the bill a year ago, leaving a loophole saying religious groups could continue ritual slaughter if they proved it was no more painful than other methods of slaughter. But the Senate rejected the bill on Tuesday by 51 votes to 21, meaning it cannot become law.

Dutch Muslims, mostly of Turkish and Moroccan origin, had complained they felt stigmatised by the measure.

European Union regulations require animals to be stunned before slaughter but allow exceptions for ritual slaughter, which the European Court of Human Rights has ruled is a religious right.

Reuters, 19 June 2012

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5 Comments »

  1. seriously? people still sacrifice animals to their gods? now that is funny. can’t eat that until you say the majic words. lol.

  2. @mike seriously? Are you that much of an ingrate to God that you would not ask His permission to take the life of something He created, and give thanks to Him for blessing you with it as food to begin with? now that is sad to me. smh

  3. Muttering to an imaginary god while killing an animal is just ridiculous

  4. What is ridiculous is that you believe He is imaginary when He created you, everything that you see and do not see, and even the ability of sight, hearing, and understanding itself. But yet you still chose not to believe in Him. That to me is ridiculous.

  5. Rashiyd Abu Ali,

    “What is ridiculous is that you believe He is imaginary when He created you,” no i was created by dad’s sperm penetrating mom’s egg.
    “everything that you see and do not see, and even the ability of sight, hearing, and understanding itself.” yeah i’ve heard that agruement before. i went to 12 years of catholic school. they often told us that our sense are proof of god.
    “But yet you still chose not to believe in Him. That to me is ridiculous.” ok. everybody is welcome to their opinion.

    http://www.ecatholic2000.com/pray/prayer7.shtml

    “We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.” then ya’ll start to differ.

    “@mike seriously? Are you that much of an ingrate to God that you would not ask His permission to take the life of something He created, and give thanks to Him for blessing you with it as food to begin with? now that is sad to me. smh” yeah seriously. last time a gave “grace” before a meal at my buddies bachlor party i thanked the farmers for raising our food, the truckers for transporting it. the cooks for preparing it and the waiters for serving it to us. and i think a few others, it was years ago. oh yeah i thanked the slaughterhouse workers for doing the dirty work for us. but yeah no mentioon of god. one of his christian friends got quite upset. sorry to upset him or make you sad. oh well. you do know 16% of the world considers themselves atheist? and growing. reason may prevail yet. probably not any time soon though.

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