BELGIUM & the NETHERLANDS: UNDERCOVER FOOTAGE RITUAL SLAUGHTER!
Attention!! The images are very disturbing!!
Animal rights party proposes ritual slaughter ban: 'Freedom of religion
stops where animal suffering begins.'
Today's de Volkskrant features a photo of a decapitated sheep's head in a
wheelbarrow. In the background the carcass is being skinned. Tuesday saw the
start of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice, when sheep are
slaughtered and the meat shared out among family and friends. But Party for
the Animals leader Marianne Thieme would like to see a ban on ritual
slaughter, de Volkskrant reports.
Ms Thieme's bill to outlaw Jewish
and Muslim ritual slaughter will be debated in the Lower House next week,
the paper says. To win MPs' support, she will be screening gory videos in
parliament showing how conscious animals have their throats cut before being
hoisted aloft, struggling as they bleed to death. The Party for the Animals
wants livestock to be stunned before they are killed, as they are in
According to Ms Thieme, halal meat is
big business in the Netherlands, and in fact a lot of meat on supermarket
shelves comes from ritual slaughterhouses, though it isn't labelled as such.
She's hoping that she'll be able to win the backing of parties on both left
and right. It's a sensitive issue, she admits, but as far as she's
concerned, 'Freedom of religion stops where animal suffering begins.'