Denmark’s Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen has signed a regulation which effectively bans religious slaughter in the country. “Animal rights come before religion,” Jørgensen told Denmark’s TV2 television news. The regulation requires all animal slaughter to be carried out with prior stunning of the animal, which is against shechita (Jewish religious slaughter).
The measure will go into effect on Monday. It will have little practical consequences for Jewish life in Denmark since for the past ten years all kosher meat sold in Denmark has been imported from abroad.
Under the new regulation, Danish slaughterhouses can no longer apply for an exemption to pre-stunning.
Both the Jewish and the Muslim communities in Denmark have strongly opposed the decree, arguing that it constitutes an infringement of religious freedom.Jørgensen rejected the argument: “When they [the religious communities] are upset about the ban even though they have not taken advantage of the exemptions available, it can only be because in the future they would like to carry out slaughter without stunning.”
Written By: World Jewish Congress
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