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Ritual slaughter controversy unites Jews and Muslims

Two chief rabbis have come to Amsterdam to denounce Dutch plans to ban ritual slaughter. The Animal Rights Party says the ban will prevent animal cruelty, but the rabbis point to research showing that ritual slaughter is better for animals than normal slaughter.

The Muslim authors of an op-ed in one of Holland's main dailies make the same assertion.

Jews and Muslims have vowed to fight the ban, if it is introduced, all the way through to the European Court of Human Rights.

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