COPENHAGEN (Web Desk) – Denmark has enacted a sweeping ban on the religious slaughter of animals, prompting a furious backlash from Jewish and Muslim community representatives.
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The ban, which requires slaughterhouse workers to stun animals before killing them, will now extend to religious communities that were previously afforded an exemption, the Time reported.
“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 minimise its pain.