Denmark bans religious slaughter
by Lindsey Little
Categories: Animals, Causes.

Per European Union regulations, animals must be stunned before they are killed in slaughterhouses. The E.U. does, however, allow member nations to exempt those who are performing religious slaughters.

A new regulation banning the religious slaughter of animals has been signed into law in Denmark.

Jewish and Muslim religious leaders residing in Denmark oppose the new law, arguing that the ban infringes upon their religious freedom.

In response, Denmark’s Agriculture and Food Minister, Dan Jorgensen, said that “animal rights come before religion.”

Denmark is a major exporter of halal meat to Arab nations. According to the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), “halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. The opposite of halal is haram, which means unlawful or prohibited.”

Last year, news leaked that Danes were unknowingly being served halal meat at public institutions. This sparked a nationwide debate on the ethics of animal slaughter. With pressure from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the government ultimately decided that animals must always be stunned prior to being slaughtered.

Denmark now joins several other countries, including Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland, where religious exemptions are prohibited.

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Source: National Secular Society

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  • eddy loomans

    Congratulations Denmark….hopefully other nations follow soon. Belgium…where are you? You seem to be on the forefront on the Euthanasia legislation….aren’t animal rights as important??

  • yaniv

    So now Denmark can see itself as a fighter for animal rights while still murdering billions of them. What an irony. If Danes want to fight for Animal Rights they should stop eating them!!! And this is true for Danes and for any other people.

  • mikellewellyn

    It’s still a move in the right direction, well done to Denmark.
    And the rule here is that religions should not be exempt from law.