Dutch vote bans ritual slaughter - FT.com (external - login to view)
The Netherlands’ parliament voted Tuesday to ban non-anaesthetised slaughter of animals, in a move that will make the Islamic halal and Jewish kosher methods of slaughter illegal.
The ban has led to months of bitter debate (external - login to view)in Dutch society over the clash between the country’s tradition of religious tolerance and its recent enthusiasm for animal welfare. While animal-rights activists hailed the Dutch law, observant Jews and Muslims denounced it as the latest in a wave of European anti-Islamic initiatives such as the French ban on public wearing of veils and the Swiss ban on minarets – a wave that in this case swept up Jewish practices as well.
I think the ban is completely stupid! The entire meat industry is inhumane yet these idiots (many racists and bigots) are targeting religious rituals that specifically take into consideration an animals well-being and kill them compassionately as possible..