Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Animal Slaughter

Balance between animal “rights” and human religious rights. But one would need to know how Denmark treats all farm animals to know whether this is consistent or targeted:

Denmark enacted a sweeping ban on the religious slaughter of animals Monday, prompting a furious backlash from Jewish and Muslim community representatives.

The ban, which requires slaughterhouse workers to stun animals before killing them, will now extend to religious communities that were previously afforded an exemption. “Animal rights come before religion,” Danish minister for agriculture and food Dan Jørgensen told Denmark’s TV2.

Activists with Danish Halal called the restriction a “clear interference in religious freedom,” the Independent reports, while Israeli chief rabbi David Lau slammed the law as “a serious and severe blow to the Jewish faith and to the Jews of Denmark,” according to Times of Israel.

Both observant Jews, under kashrut laws and Muslims, under halal laws, will not eat meat unless the animal has been killed with a single slice to the neck, with the intention to minimize its pain.

Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Animal Slaughter

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5 Responses to Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Animal Slaughter

  1. Secular Vegan says:

    A positive step but there is a danger that some will misread ‘non-Halal’ as ‘cruelty-free’; however the notion that Halal / Kosher slaughter ‘minimises pain’ really is nonsense.

  2. MuslimGurl says:

    well that sucks

    • Secular Vegan says:

      Well go vegan then.

      • MuslimGurl says:

        Ive considered that but its not ideal. If loads of people went vegan there would be a problem with animal over population and we would have to kill them anyway or they would die because there are not enough resources to support them so they would die either way. In that case why not use them to supplement our diet. The only problem i think is that we kill too many and mistreat them and thats why I opt for halal meat, its a good thing I dont live in Denmark tho since thats not an option anymore lol

      • Secular Vegan says:

        There would be no problem with animal overpopulation because animals wouldn’t be specifically bred, as they are, to be consumed by humans. The animals would return to their wilderness state and be able to control their population levels accordingly. Oh, I’m sure that most Danes aren’t terribly concerned that you don’t wish to live there.

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