Jewish Journal

Muslims and Jews join to oppose Dutch ban on ritual slaughter

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 29, 2011 | 10:42 pm

And now in news I should have mentioned yesterday so as not to seem like the only religion writer who didn’t hear about the Dutch vote to ban ritual slaughter ...

Here’s the story from Reuters:

The bill by the small Animal Rights Party, the first such group in Europe to win seats in a national parliament, passed the lower house of parliament by 116 votes to 30. It must be approved by the upper house before becoming law. It 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.

“This way of killing causes unnecessary pain to animals. Religious freedom cannot be unlimited,” said Marianne Thieme, head of the Animal Rights Party, said before the vote. “For us religious freedom stops where human or animal suffering begins.”

Quite unusually, particularly in the Netherlands, which has been home to both Islamic extremism and anti-Islamic reactions, Muslims and Jews have joined forces to oppose the ritual slaughter ban.

So, if I understand this correctly, the key to interfaith dialogue between Muslims and Jews is just to put forward bans for ritual slaughter and circumcision.

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