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In Holland, a proposal to ban Kosher and Halal slaughter methods has
moved a step closer to reality, with a majority of the country's MPs
supporting the ban.
In order to reduce stress, in the EU animals slaughtered for meat are
normally stunned before they are killed. But Kosher and Halal butchery
requires the animals to be fully conscious when their throats are cut.
Rabbi Raphael Evers, the Rabbi of Rotterdam Federation of Jewish
Orthodox Communities in the Netherlands, said: 'Our Jewish community
feels very shocked. We have been here in the Netherlands for four
years and we see this new law against ritual slaughter as an
of our constitutional religious rights.'