June 9 2011
A proposed ban on ritual slaughter which currently had majority support in the Netherlands parliament is facing continued resistance. The ban targets the production of kosher and halal meat in the country. Members of the national Green Left (GroenLinks) are being asked to vote against the ban, while the VVD party asks the government to refocus its attention on industrial rather than ritual slaughter. The parliament is due to debate the issue again on June 16.