The Dutch Senate has rejected a ban on unanaesthetised ritual slaughter. The bill proposed by the Animal Rights Party would have made kosher and halal slaughter things of the past. The Senate decision overrules the vote in the Lower House, which had earlier passed the bill.
Jews and Muslims slaughter animals without anaesthetising them. The Animal Rights Party fervently believes that animals should not have to endure what they call torture in order to accommodate religious beliefs.
In unanaesthetised ritual slaughter, the arteries are cut open so that the animal bleeds to death. According to veterinarians and scientists, this means that death is even more agonisingly painful and drawn out. This, however, is disputed within the Jewish and Muslim communities.
"Ïf it wasn't good for the animals, then God would not have decreed that it should take place,"
says Muslim butcher Mohammed Arab.
This video was first published in April 2011.