Denmark’s Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen has signed into law a regulation that bans religious slaughter of animals.
European Union regulations require stunning before slaughter, but permit member states to allow exemptions for religious slaughter. Under the new law, Danish slaughterhouses will no longer be able to apply for an exemption to pre-stunning.
The move has been opposed by Jewish and Muslim religious leaders in Denmark, who have argued that the ban constitutes an infringement of religious freedom.
However, defending the government’s decision, Mr Jørgensen told Denmark’s TV2 television that “animal rights come before religion”.
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