Denmark Bans Halal And Kosher Meat As ‘Animal Rights Come Before Religion’



But minister for agriculture and food Dan Jørgensen said that “animal rights come before religion”.

European regulations require animals to be stunned before they are slaughtered, but exemptions can be made on religious grounds.

Some Halal and Kosher consumers believe it is acceptable for the animal to be stunned before it is slaughtered, but many others insist that the animal is fully conscious when it has its throat cut.

Condemning the Danish change in the law, Israel’s deputy minister of religious services Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan said: “European anti-Semitism is showing its true colours across Europe, and is even intensifying in the government institutions.”

Al Jazeera quoted the monitoring group Danish Halal, which launched a petition against the ban, as saying it was “a clear interference in religious freedom limiting the rights of Muslims and Jews to practice their religion in Denmark”

Critics also pointed out that in the same country, Marius the giraffe was shot dead by a zoo because he was surplus to requirements for their breeding program.

Last year, British politicians said that they would not be outlawing religious slaughter despite “strong pressure” from the RSPCA and other bodies.


The organisation for the English beef and sheep industry (EBLEX) has called for two different Halal logos – one for stunned beef and lamb and one for non-stunned – to be introduced to allow more animals slaughtered by Halal to be rendered unconscious.

John Blackwell, president elect of the British Veterinary Association and practising vet, supported the idea, saying: “I think the proposals are all about choice – if people want to consume halal and they don’t have a strong opinion about stunning then they have a freedom of choice to do that.

“Our position remains that animals should all be stunned prior to slaughter such as that they’re rendered insensible to pain at the point of death.

“All the evidence I’ve seen and interpreted suggests there is a welfare issue associated to the perception of pain during the period between the throat being cut and the animal’s loss of sensibility.”

Dr Julia Wrathall, head of the RSPCA’s farm animal science department, said: “We want to see all animals rendered unconscious before slaughter.

“Until that time we are calling for clear labelling so shoppers are armed with information that can enable them to make an informed choice about whether they buy meat from animals which have not been stunned before slaughter.”



7 thoughts on “Denmark Bans Halal And Kosher Meat As ‘Animal Rights Come Before Religion’

  1. I wish people will wake up already. There is no humane way to kill any animal. Have anyone seen the body of a cow hanging skin head and legs removed but the heart still pumping. EXACLY! And furthermore what kind of God these religious people worship to deem it okay to eat animals of cruelty. You guys are believing the devil of all lies. The devil wants you to believe that god still wants you to eat the animals. My God is a just God, He sees how the animals are being done and He’s not ok with that. They sexually violate the male cow tie him up to masterbate him to extract the semen from him then then sexually violate the female to stick the semen in her SICK what kind of God is approving of that?!? Really?!?.

    1. your pagan is pagan if you feel animal cruelty is okay with God. If your God. If your God is okay with that your God is basically saying O I don’t care that the are sexually molesting the cows for you to do a sacrifice to me I don’t care that they are being slaughtered while they still conscious then your god is not a real god and your religion is PAGAN. Your religion is the kind of religion that God will say “Get away from me you workers of lawlessness”

  2. Your religious rights are not being infringed on, you have the same right to make the choice that many vegetarians and vegans make every day; not to eat the flesh of a dead animal that was not treated in a way that you deem ethical/moral/correct/right. The animal’s corps was still drained from the blood that you consider “unclean”, the same as it would have been in the animal was conscious.
    I 100% agreed with the minister of agriculture, animal welfare comes before your “right to eat meat”.

  3. It is finally a high time to progress to a compassionate and modern world. Murdering innocent animals is against any true religion that voices love for God’s creation.

  4. good on Denmark , i’have seen tham killing the animals halal and i’havent had meat as it turned me off eating anything halal,all of tham are pagan to do this to any liveing thing

  5. Thats not true tho… i live in Denmark and most of the chicken and beef is halal….

  6. All about choice? What choice do these innocent animals have when they are needlessly murdered for their flesh so that greedy humans can taste them for pleasure. Animal rights far outweigh the religious requirement that these poor creatures feel as much pain as possible. This is absolutely disgusting!!! If you really need your food to suffer then maybe you have bigger issues to deal with .

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