Jews and Muslims Appeal Dutch Law Requiring Animals to be Stunned Before Slaughter
Jewish and Muslim representatives Thursday appealed to Dutch lawmakers not to enforce plans requiring animals to be stunned before halaal and kosher slaughtering rituals.
“We are against any form of stunning because it’s against our religion,” Yusuf Altuntas, president of the CMO — an organisation that links the Muslim community with the Dutch government — told a parliamentary commission.
“One of the first measures taken during the Occupation (during World War II) was the closing of kosher abattoirs,” Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs added during the debate in The Hague.
Dutch law required animals to be stunned before being slaughtered but made an exception for ritual halaal and kosher slaughters.