Potential Compromise on Ritual Slaughter

23 June 2011

A hotly debated proposal in Dutch parliament to ban ritual slaughter has potentially reached a compromise. This compromise would allow ritual slaughter to continue under certain circumstances, and has the support of a slim majority of MPs. It would allow exceptions to the ban on slaughtering animals which have not been stunned if it can be proved this does not cause them more suffering. D66 MP Stientje van Veldhoven said the proposal would allow Jewish and Islamic groups to find alternatives to their current methods of slaughter which do fit with their religious beliefs. Following this week’s debate parliament will vote on the proposed ban next week.