Dutch lawmakers Tuesday approved an animal-rights measure that would ban Jewish and Muslim methods of ritual slaughter, the Parliament press office said.
It must now go to the Senate for a vote, which will likely happen in September, press officer Leon Van Schie told CNN.
The Dutch Party for the Animals proposed closing a loophole in the Dutch law that allows Jews and Muslims to kill animals that have not been anesthetized first.
"The Party for the Animals believes that freedom of religion must end where animal suffering begins," leader Marianne Thieme wrote on her blog before the measure went to a vote Tuesday.
Read "Dutch ban on Jewish, Muslim butchering passes hurdle" on CNN's Belief Blog.
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