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Dutch to ban Halal & Kosher slaughter


Dutch to ban Halal & Kosher slaughter


11 April 2011


The political situation in the Netherlands is going to make a historical change. After, an announcement made lately to launch Animal Rights Police in the Netherlands. Now, a bill is moving through parliament to ban Halal and Kosher religious slaughter of animals on the grounds that it is a cruel and inhumane practice. The bill currently enjoys support from a majority of Members of Parliament and is expected to be put up for debate sometime this week.

 

The bills sponsor, the pro-animal party (PvdD: Party for the Animals) is being joined by the extreme right wing anti-Islam Party for Freedom (PVV) led by Geert Wilders. The Dutch right wing is said to support the bill out of its hostility toward the Dutch Muslim population.

 

Halal is Islamic; Kosher is Jewish. Both religions demand that animal slaughter is carried out with a single cut to the throat while the animal is conscious. When the animal is slaughtered under ancient Jewish and Muslim dietary laws, it is left to bleed out while conscious, afraid and in pain.

 

The issue is one of competing interests: freedom of religion versus animal rights. Animal rights activists claim the ritual slaughter is a cruel and barbaric practice that is both unnecessary and unwarranted. Though, the Muslim and Jewish fundamentalists say the ban would be a violation of their religious freedom.

 

After passing this bill the Netherlands will join New Zealand, Scandinavian countries and Switzerland which have had similar bans in place for decades.

 

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13 comments:

  1. Good!! Too Good !! High time this stopped !! Hope it is implemented in India in time to come and also in Nepal and so many other countries!
    Priya

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  2. This is a great news. Halal & Kosher must be outlawed everywhere in the world.

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  3. They also have an Animal Rights Party represented in Parliament. That's progress.

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  4. that is brilliant news!

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  5. I'm happy about time.

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  6. Good for the animals...

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  7. great! hopefully the rest of the world will follow.

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  8. WHAT?!?! a law to Abolish animal sacrifice? are you joking?! this is horrible!!! what are they doing in that counrty?! first they increase their anti drug laws, and now they would tell me that im not freely allowed to practise soemthing i believe is paramount to my spiritual purity? i suppose not everyone sees sacrifice as i do, and its likely that most cases are simple brutality and violence, but to ban the act as a whole? to take away that freedom is worse then BEING sacrificed if you ask me.... maby they should set up a beurocracy? make you have to sign a document and let the government know what when and how you are doing it? maby send a government sanctioned shaman to watch over the proceedings to assure that it is being carried out properly and not in a malicious way? id be ok with that.

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  9. Danielle PelletierApril 20, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    this page is obviously for those of us who want humane treatment of animals! No one cares about your right to torture innocent creatures! Unfortunately if it is legal there will be abuses of that right. Blame the people that commit the brutality not the law makers who want to stop them.

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  10. if you think taking away the freedom is worse than being sacrificed chris then maybe we should sacrifice you! :D

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  11. Madeline WesterlundApril 20, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    IT'S ABOUT TIME, WE'RE LIVING IN THE 21ST CENTURY NOT 200 AD!!!!

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  12. This needs to be stopped. There is nothing religious about an animal suffering.....

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  13. There can be/are justification for interpretation in moderation, and liberalization of Muslim and Jewish sacred religious texts, in harmony with policies of the Netherlands; like other "Scandinavian countries and Switzerland" "adopting more stringent rules on (I.e. "slaughtering in accordance with religious rituals") to protect animals"; in accordance with provisions of the "stringent rules" clause under Article 2, section 2, of the European Convention for the Protection of Animals for Slaughter, states: "Nothing in this Convention shall, however, prevent Contracting Parties from adopting more stringent rules to protect animals."

    References:

    The Michigan State University College of Law, The European Convention for the Protection of Animals for Slaughter:

    http://www.animallaw.info/treaties/itceceets102.htm

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