Efforts by the animal rights party PvdD to get parliament to back a ban on the ritual slaughter of animals without anaesthetic appeared to have failed on Thursday, as MPs said religious freedoms were more important.
According to farm ministry figures quoted by Nos television, 364.800 cows, chickens, sheep and goats are ritually slaughtered each year in line with Jewish and Muslim requirements.
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