Denmark's slaughter regulation contradicts religious customs

Denmark bans slaughter of animals without stunning which sparked criticism from Jewish and Muslim communities

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Apr 1, 2016

Denmark adopted a ban on animal slaughter without stunning in February 2014, which caused outrage in the Jewish and Muslim communities in the country.  

The ban will require slaughterhouses to stun the animals before slaughtering them.

Previously, religious minorities were exempt from this rule, and were allowed to slaughter animals according to their religious customs.

Both Jewish and Muslim communities have expressed outrage towards the ban, which is deemed “a serious and severe blow to the Jewish faith and to the Jews of Denmark,” according to Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau.

The restriction is a “clear interference” in religious freedom, said an activist of Danish Halal who spoke to the Independent.

Religious Jews and Muslims only eat meat that is slaughtered with a single slice to the neck.

The meat is branded as “kosher” (proper) by Jews and “halal” (permissible) by Muslims if the meat is slaughtered in such a manner.

This form of slaughter is considered to be the most humane, for Muslims and Jews, and it is believed to minimise the pain of slaughter for the animal.

TRTWorld and agencies