Info Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’

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New law, denounced as ‘anti-Semitism’ by Jewish leaders, comes after country controversially slaughtered a giraffe in public and fed him to lions.

Denmark’s government has brought in a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of halal and kosher meat, after years of campaigning from welfare activists.

The change to the law, announced last week and effective as of yesterday, has been called “anti-Semitism” by Jewish leaders and “a clear interference in religious freedom” by the non-profit group Danish Halal.European regulations require animals to be stunned before they are slaughtered, but grants exemptions on religious grounds. For meat to be considered kosher under Jewish law or halal under Islamic law, the animal must be conscious when killed.

Yet defending his government’s decision to remove this exemption, the minister for agriculture and food Dan Jørgensen told Denmark’s TV2 that “animal rights come before religion”.

Commenting on the change, Israel’s deputy minister of religious services Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan told the Jewish Daily Forward: “European anti-Semitism is showing its true colours across Europe, and is even intensifying in the government institutions.”

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Marius the giraffe, who was shot dead and autopsied in the presence of visitors to the gardens at Copenhagen zoo.

Al Jazeera quoted the monitoring group Danish Halal, which launched a petition against the ban, as saying it was “a clear interference in religious freedom limiting the rights of Muslims and Jews to practice their religion in Denmark”.

The ban has divided opinions in the country, particularly after it recently made headlines for animal welfare policy after Copenhagen Zoo slaughtered the “surplus” young male giraffe Marius.

On Twitter:

David Krikler (@davekriks) wrote: “In Denmark butchering a healthy giraffe in front of kids is cool but a kosher/halal chicken is illegal.”

Byakuya Ali-Hassan (@SirOthello) said it was “disgusting” that “the same country that slaughtered a giraffe in public to be fed to lions… is banning halal meat because of the procedures”.

Mogens Larsen (@Moq72), from Aalborg in Denmark, tweeted: “Denmark bans the religious slaughter of animals. Not even zoo lions are allowed a taste of halal giraffe.”

Last year politicians in Britain said they would not be outlawing religious slaughter despite “strong pressure” from the RSPCA, the National Secular Society and other activists.

Prijevod:

Danska zabranjuje kosher i halal klanje životinja, ministar kaže “prava životinja dolaze ispred religijskih prava”
Sott.net
Adam Withnall
The Independent
Utorak, 18 Feb 2014 00:00 CST

Novi zakon, osuđen od židovskih vođa kao ” antisemitizam”, dolazi nakon što je Danska javno izvršila kontroverzno klanje žirafe, i s njom nahranila lavove.

Danska vlada je donijela zabranu vjerskog klanja životinja za proizvodnju halal i košer mesa, nakon godina provođenja kampanja aktivista za prava životinja .

Promjena zakona, najavljena prošlog tjedna i na snazi od jučer, je nazvana “antisemitizam” od židovskih vođa i ” jasno zadiranje u vjerske slobode” od strane neprofitne grupe Danish Halal.

Europski propisi zahtijevaju da životinje budu omamljene prije klanja, ali dozvoljavaju izuzeća iz  vjerskih razloga. Za meso koje se smatra košer pod židovskom zakonu ili halal pod islamskom zakonu, životinje moraju biti svjesne dok se ubijaju .

Ipak braneći odluku svoje vlade da ukloni ovu izuzeće, ministar za poljoprivredu i prehranu Dan Jørgensen rekao je za Dansku TV2 da ” prava životinja dolaze ispred religijskih prava”.

Osvrćući se na promjene, zamjenik izraelskog ministra za vjersku službu Rabin Eli Ben Dahan rekao je za Jewish Daily Forward: “Europski antisemitizam pokazuje svoje pravo lice u cijeloj Europi, te je čak i raste u državnim institucijama.”

Al Jazeera citirala je grupu za nadzor Danish Halal, koja je pokrenula peticiju protiv zabrane, koja je rekla da je to bilo “jasno uplitanje u vjerske slobode ograničavajući prava muslimana i židova da prakticiraju svoju vjeru u Danskoj ” .

Zabrana je podijelila mišljenja u zemlji, pogotovo nakon što je nedavno dobila publicitet za politiku dobrobiti životinja nakon što je Zološki vrt u Kopenhagenu zaklao kao “višak” mladog mužjaka žirafe Mariusa.

Na Twitteru :

David Krikler (@ davekriks) je napisao: “U Danskoj je klanje zdrave žirafe pred djecom cool, ali kosher/halal piletina je protuzakonita.”

Byakuya Ali-Hassan (@ SirOthello) rekao da je to “odvratno” da “ista zemlja koja je zaklala žirafu u javnosti da nahrani lavovime … zabranjuje halal zbog postupaka” .

Mogens Larsen  @ Moq72), iz Aalborgu u Danskoj, na Twitteru:” Danska zabranjuje obredno klanje životinja. Čak ni lavovima u zoološkom vrtu nije dopušten okus halal žirafe… ”

Prošle godine političari u Velikoj Britaniji rekli su da ne bi bilo zabranjivali obredno klanje životinja, unatoč “snažnom pritisku” iz RSPCA, Nacionalnog sekularnog društva i drugih aktivista.

http://www.sott.net/article/274406-Denmark-bans-kosher-and-halal-slaughter-as-minister-says-animal-rights-come-before-religion

 

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