Dutch set to ban religious animal slaughter

2011-06-28 16:25

Amsterdam - The Netherlands' parliament is set to pass a bill banning any slaughter of livestock without stunning, removing an exemption that has long allowed orthodox Dutch Jews and Muslims to butcher animals according to their centuries-old dietary rules.

The threat of a ban has caused an international outcry from Jewish and Muslim groups, who say it will make it impossible for them to eat meat and practice their religion freely.

They argue their method of slaughter - by swiftly cutting animals' throats with a razor-sharp knife - is no more painful or cruel than other methods.

The legislation going to a vote on Tuesday enjoys support on the political left, which sees ritual slaughter as cruel to animals, and on the right, which sees it as foreign and barbaric.

  • Risen Ape - 2011-06-28 16:43

    "They argue their method of slaughter - by swiftly cutting animals' throats with a razor-sharp knife - is no more painful or cruel than other methods." They are lieing. Watch this video and decide for yourself.

      Tooth Fairy - 2011-06-28 19:22

      Organised religion is cruel to animals, violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children.

  • willem.p.grobbelaar - 2011-06-28 16:47

    Well done Dutchies !! A shinning example of 21st century attitude !!

  • wayne2710 - 2011-06-28 17:10

    All slaughter is barbaric and abusive. We don't need "meat" to survive. All "meat" is exploiting innocent animals who rather need our protection. Leave animals alone. Stop all animal abuse.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-06-28 21:31

      Well, most livestock would cease to exist if there was no incentive to have them reproduce at large scale in the first place!

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-28 17:17

    Well, the Jews and Muslims finally agree on something, even though they are both wrong.

      IQ - 2011-06-28 17:40

      Hup Hup!

  • Kaliel - 2011-06-28 17:34

    Ok, so explain how the hell you swiftly cut a bullocks throat without severely traumatising the animal. To do this the animal first has to be restrained, its head clamped and turned upside down before the throat is sliced, all the while it is bellowing and struggling to free itself! You only need to witness this once to realize how barbaric this is. I am a hunter who has shot for the pot for years and I can asure you kosher and halaal beef is cruel cruel cruel. These people are primitive.

  • Mad Dog - 2011-06-28 17:47

    Good men do Good things, Bad men do Bad things but for a Good man to do Bad things takes religion!

  • cerveza - 2011-06-28 17:55

    I have been in a situation in Europe where people on a small farm raise and slaughter their own animals. The method they use is the slitting of the animals throat, they do not deny that it is pain free, but they see their method as preferable as most animals in Europe suffer during their growing phase and the pre-slaughter, not the actual kill which is only a small part. To say it simple, the life of the animal is more important than its death. I have since then become aware that many people in Europe practice this method of backyard slaughtering and it is getting more and more popular as large scale farmers are being trusted less and less because of news papers uncovering animal abuses and people want "friendlier" alternatives. I for one have been to distanced from the violence involved in eating meat and don't think I have the guts to kill my own meal, whether it is stunned or not...

      I Love SA - 2011-06-28 18:12

      And what about the Jews you idiot?

      Irené - 2011-06-28 18:21

      You are brave to be so honest, most meat eaters defend their right to eat meat, granted, but when you ask them if they could do it themselves, or go to factory farms, then they get defensive and insulting. I just want to raise the point, factory farms are found in nearly every country in the world. South african factory farms are as repunant as any other place, the animals probably suffering the most are pigs, who are highly intelligent yet are cramped into small dirty spaces and sows are kept in stalls so small they ant tirn for most of their gestative lifetimes. Recently they announced sow stalls would be phased out by 2020, all pork eaters need to boycott this barbaric industry and insist on free range pork, if you find it too expensive to eat free range meat, try eating less, the human body does not require meat for health, and if you choose to eat it, you dont need as much as many SAffers eat daily. 2-4 portions is enough. Pigs are incredibly personable and smart animals, and if youre willing to eat them, you can just as well eat your family pet. All animals deserve a life of freedom and no abuse, we are the only species that is so cruel towards ourselves and the rest of the animak kingdom. If were gonna eat them, we should atleast show them some respect. Btw, this thread wasnt directed at you but the general population. I do respect meat eaters who are aware of what the industry entails and support 'backyard' farming, if it is don humanly.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-28 23:06

      I love eating meat, and i don't know if i could kill the animal to eat it myself (haven't had the oppertunity yet) BUT wheather i could kill it myself or not does not change the fact that i eat meat.

  • goldenstar - 2011-06-28 18:06

    Thanks for posting the video, I had not realized how brutal and inhumane the halal ritual is. I will for the rest of my life avoid halal meats; would rather starve than support this barbaric act!!!

      I Love SA - 2011-06-28 18:13

      I hope you stick to your word.

      I Love SA - 2011-06-28 18:14

      And that includes restaurants serving halaal food, like McDonalds.

  • Hendrik - 2011-06-28 18:32

    I live on a farm, and since I was a little boy, in order to eat a sheep, we cut of its throat, and then the whole cutting of the skin etc begins. With a cow, we shot it in the head. I really don't know what the problem is. Its how its done for millennia. What must we do? take it into town to get put down by a vet, drive with the corpse to a butchery? Nope,we just do it all, cut off throat, skin,then take out all organs and intestines, leave the liver for tonight to braai with tomato relish and enjoyed with pap. Then we begin to cut it in chops, shanks, roast etc. I am sorry if this is barbaric, but that is how I grew up, and everyone before me.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-06-28 18:51

    I am all for this. Well done to the Dutch. If you want to practice your religions go to your homelands.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-06-28 21:42

      So christians should move to the middle east?????

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