So much wrong with this story and most of it is in what is not said.
Why is there no law demanding that all animals slaughtered without the proper humane laws Western civilization have fought to achieve for so long, are labeled as such. If they can’t find it in them to enforce their own laws demanding humane slaughter, then why can they not at least give rational citizens the ability to know what is ‘halal’ and what is humane. I believe that kosher meat is marked but if not, the same needs to apply although frankly, either we have secular laws for the sake of animal welfare or we do not but allowing anyone who wants an exception to have one makes a mockery of secular law altogether.
Eeyore for Vlad
THE HAGUE, 23/06/11 – There will be no ban on the unanaesthetised slaughter of animals that is carried out in Jewish and Islamic abattoirs. The Lower House majority that earlier existed for such a ban has evaporated.
The Lower House wants unanaesthetised ritual slaughter to remain possible after all, providing Jews and Muslims can show that this does not cause more suffering for animals than anaesthetised slaughter. Labour (PvdA) and centre-left D66 have received support from the conservatives (VVD) and leftwing Greens (GroenLinks) for a plan giving the abattoirs a year and a half to demonstrate that their method of slaughter is animal-friendly. If they do not succeed, then there could be a ban after all.
PvdA and D66 did earlier back a proposed bill from the Party for Animals (PvdD) on a ban of unanaesthetised slaughter. But under pressure from their Islamic supporters, both parties went back on this.
The VVD also began to have doubts. Its honorary member and former party leader Frits Bolkestein vehemently opposed the PvdD proposal, defending the Jewish tradition.
The Christian parties CDA, ChristenUnie and SGP also put forward an amendment to the PvdA bill yesterday. Under this amendment, unanaesthetised ritual slaughter would be banned unless a licence had been awarded for this.
CDA, ChristenUnie and SGP want abattoirs to be able to obtain a licence if the slaughtering process is under the constant supervision of a vet. Additionally, the animal has to have lost consciousness 45 seconds at most after having its throat cut. The vet can still stun the animal if he finds animal welfare is being damaged.