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Ritual slaughter compromise hinges on seconds

Tuesday 05 June 2012

Farm minister Hans Bleker has reached an agreement with Jewish and Muslim groups which will allow animals to be killed ritually as long as they 'lose consciousness' within 40 seconds of having their throats cut, news agency ANP reports.

The long-awaited agreement will be part of a covenant which will be signed by the minister, interest groups and the slaughterhouse association on Tuesday afternoon.

The covenant will replace draft legislation aimed at banning ritual slaughter outright. That law passed in the lower house of parliament but was voted out by the upper house, or senate.

Jewish and Muslim groups had campaigned heavily against the ban, saying it would compromise freedom of religion and that there is no evidence animals suffer more than in ordinary abattoirs.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

And what are they going to do if it does not lose consciousness in 40 secs? Stop, and try again?

By jaycee | 6 June 2012 7:39 AM

40 seconds must feel like a lifetime if your throat is slit and the life's blood is being drained from you. Humans are so cruel, religions even more so.

By Al | 6 June 2012 8:05 AM

@Al - spot on. 40 seconds is ridiculous. I don't see why a civilized country like this is allowing sanctioned cruelty in the name of outdated, immoral scriptures. If something's wrong, it's wrong - religion is no excuse.

By bobbianderson | 6 June 2012 11:31 AM

got the same agreement with my wife .

By dan | 6 June 2012 11:43 AM

This is so beautifully Dutch.
The minister started out looking to place limits on the behaviours of those involved in ritual killing of cows. He faced opposition so his "compromise" is to support the continued behaviours of the slaughtermen but then place a condition on the cow they they must die within 40 seconds. What action will then be taken if the cow fails to die in the required time? And guess who will have to report it?
I would love to see this ministers legislation on adultery!

By Twickers | 6 June 2012 2:56 PM

When a lion attacks a zebra, it takes time for the zebra to die. This is nature at play and it happens every day, has happened for thousands of years.

Given that as humans we now 'know better' that there is pain felt and some form of suffering; as humans we elevate ourselves above animals hence we don't want to see pain and suffering if it can be avoided.

This is noble, it is kind; but I ask, is it not going against how nature operates on a daily, hourly, per second basis?

By A Nonny Mouse | 6 June 2012 4:11 PM

Hey Al, if you can't handle it take off your leather shoes and belt and stop eating meat.

By alfred wolfgang | 6 June 2012 4:55 PM

@AI: I totally agree with you, AI. Humans are a plague and I'm ashamed to belong to the same species as people that think this is okay. Disgusting.

By Stupid | 6 June 2012 8:25 PM

40 seconds is a long time to be suffering. try it, count to 40.
What is wrong with an 45 caliber bullet between the eyes? No suffering, and it is over, when the bullet hits the brain. We humans, as a carnivorous being may enjoy our food, but be do not want our animals to suffer. At least I do not.

By andrew b. dikens | 7 June 2012 5:57 AM

There is no proof as to how long the animals suffer. Tge main carotid artery is cut during slitting of throat and the animals feel no further pain. The whole body muscles spasms not because of pain but as a normal muscle reaction which in turn helps all the blood in the body to drain out of carotid, resulting in less chances for getting infections from blood borne bacteria in blood. Furthermore ive seen how catching fish is also ruthless as it swirls n turns after being catched for a long time, now thats painful to watch!! N unfortunately every second person in this country is a fan of fishing. Why not put a stop to that?

By maryam | 7 June 2012 6:06 AM

@Alfred: I like how you know he's wearing leather shoes and a belt and isn't vegetarian. What are you? Psychic? What a short-sighted comment.

By Stupid | 7 June 2012 8:27 AM

Says a lot to me about these religions, causing suffering for no reason speaks for itself.

By Phil | 7 June 2012 10:07 AM

This is so wrong. 40 seconds is an extremely long time when you've just had your throat cut! All religious slaughter without pre-stunning should be banned.

By Get Real | 12 June 2012 11:05 AM

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