2017-08-07 08:38:57 UTC
Denmark's government has brought in a ban on the religious slaughter of
animals for the production of halal and kosher meat, after years of
campaigning from welfare activists.
The change to the law, announced last week and effective as of yesterday,
has been called "anti-Semitism" by Jewish leaders and "a clear interference
in religious freedom" by the non-profit group Danish Halal.
European regulations require animals to be stunned before they are
slaughtered, but grants exemptions on religious grounds. For meat to be
considered kosher under Jewish law or halal under Islamic law, the animal
must be conscious when killed.