Dutch set to block ritual slaughter ban after Jewish, Muslim protest
The Dutch Senate is set to reject next week a proposed law banning ritual slaughter of animals, which has drawn fierce opposition from Muslim and Jewish groups. During a debate, party factions representing a majority in the Senate said they would vote against the bill proposed by the small Dutch Animal Rights Party.
The bill stipulates that livestock must be stunned before being slaughtered, contrary to the Muslim halal and Jewish kosher laws that require animals to be fully conscious.
The lower house of parliament passed the bill in June but without Senate approval it will fail.
The Labour Party, which backed the ban in the lower house, declared it would reject the bill in next week’s vote as it hurts freedom of religion.
“This is too much of an ad hoc solution and a symbolic law, and our faction unanimously cannot support the proposed law,” Labour Senate member Nico Schrijver said.