Dutch approve ban on kosher and halal butchering
June 28th, 2011
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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.

Previously - Clarified: Religious dietary restrictions

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  1. wavejump1100

    i always make vegetarian dishes when my vegetarian friends come over but when i go to a thier house they NEVER provide a meat dish for me. whats up with that. next time i am going to sneak some meat into the sauce and not tell them.

    June 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  2. Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner

    Kosher slaughter is also known in Hebrew as "shechita."

    Judaism has always respected the lives of animal – from the time of giving of the Ten Commandments until the present. Rules for kosher slaughtering of animals developed from the rules of the sacrificial system in the Temple. By the time of the Rabbis – at least 2000 years ago – Jews took the lives of animals as humanely as possible according to the best science of the day.

    During those 3000 and more years, animals were slaughtered in the most inhumane ways by virtually every people on the face of the earth. This inhumane slaughtering continues today in more places in the world than not.

    Recently, kosher slaughtering has been undergoing some change in response to new scientific information. Jews have begun to alter the traditional "hoisting and shackling" to favor a pen, even though it is a much slower procedure and increases the cost of kosher meat.

    In addition to being lifted up, a ritual slaughterer must move to the animal quickly, use a knife that is incredibly sharp and without even the slightest nick, and cut through the animal's trachea and esophagus in a single motion (at least one of these for fowl). All this is required in order to try to minimize the animal's suffering.

    The ultimate question is whether it is possible to kill an animal without causing some pain and fear? Given the answer is not definitely positive, Judaism has endorsed vegetarianism – which does not require killing an animal – as a "higher" form of eating.

    In sum, I can assure you that kosher slaughtering is the way that Jews try to minimize the pain and fear felt by animals being killed for food.

    Best Wishes,

    Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner

    June 29, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Masha

      Thank you, Rabbi, for taking the time to dispel misinformation with this well thought out post. It is very much appreciated.

      June 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  3. Jonny D

    I thought the idea behind kosher slaughter was to provide a swift death without suffering, which is a good thing. This is not an animal rights issue, it's been dressed up that way. This is about religion. Thankfully some of Europe is socially progressive. They are tired of religious people living in the stone ages and dragging down the progress of mankind. Religious communities don't belong in the modern western world! They ALL segregate themselves, and perpetuate hate, intolerance, etc.. People who eat meat are not bad, they're hungry. People who are delusional and and get organized are, because the fundamentals are dangerous. It's time we take the positives from religion (like treating animals kindly-even when you eat them) and dump the superstitions.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • ken penethby

      I believe the aim of kosher and halal slaughter is for the animal's heart to keep beating and expel the blood from the body before it dies. Blood goes off very quickly in hot climates so meat drained of blood is safer to eat. And of course Genesis 9:4 says "yu must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it". and Leviticus 17:14 says the same thing: "he life of every creature is in its blood. That is why I have said to the people of Israel, 'You must never eat or drink blood, for the life of any creature is in its blood.' So whoever consumes blood will be cut off from the community".
      So requiring the blood to be drained from the animal is a form of food safety.

      June 29, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  4. dzul

    fur dutch only
    for dutch only

    world will ban dutch meat

    June 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  5. Mildred

    Don't these people get that the kosher and halal laws are actually kinder to animals than most commercial slaughterhouses? And don't leave drugs in the meat?

    June 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  6. Dixie Sugarbaker, of the Savannah Sugarbakers

    Is cattle circumcision included in the Jewish slaughter rituals? If so, how unlucky do you have to be to get that job?

    June 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  7. RabbiDick

    Someone must have had they're toes stepped on. I thought they all wore wooden shoes?

    June 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  8. Happy Vegan

    The killing of animals for food is horrible, but the killing of animals without any sort of anaesthesia is neolithic barbarism, at best. These people should be ashamed of themselves.

    June 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • UvegTard

      I am sure you use anaesthesia on your salad too.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  9. HPV

    People who comsume meat are nothing short of barbaric. They deserve all of the obesity and diabetes they get.

    June 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Vaginaterian@HPV

      There seems to be some "Truth" behind that statement...

      June 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
      • HPV

        You could say that...

        June 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
      • Passerby #11

        LOL. Some of us know each other too well.

        June 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • TONI LUA

      If vegetarians ate more meat maybe they wouldn't hat those who do so much. I hate to have to make special food for vegetarians and vegans but I do not hate them or wish them ill. The opposite is obviously not true if you look at these postings.

      June 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
      • Don K

        How do you "hat" someone?

        June 29, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Liberally Challenged

      You are an idiot. If people ate nothing but meat and vegetables, there would be little to no obesity and diabetes in this country. This is how our ancestors lived, and obesity was never a wide-spread problem before refined carbs entered the food chain. Besides, soy is disgusting, but is one of the only ways to get all essential amino acids necessary to produce protein.

      June 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  10. Ian

    It's a pity that "freedom of religion " does not end before human suffereing begins.

    June 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  11. Observer

    This is only going to make it that much harder to find a good kosher ham next Passover.

    June 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
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