In Denmark, animal rights trump religion

In Denmark, animal rights trump religion

Muslims and Jews in Denmark have expressed anger over a ban imposed this week on the religious slaughter of animals.

But Denmark’s Minister for Agriculture and Food Dan Jørgensen insisted that :

Animal rights come before religion.

According to this report, the ban was enacted last week after years of campaigning from welfare activists, and came into force on Monday.

The change to the law has been called “anti-Semitism” by Jewish leaders and “a clear interference in religious freedom” by the non-profit group Danish Halal.

European regulations require animals to be stunned before they are slaughtered, but grants exemptions on religious grounds. For meat to be considered kosher under Jewish law or halal under Islamic law, the animal must be conscious when killed.

Commenting on the change, Israel’s deputy minister of religious services Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan told the Jewish Daily Forward:

European anti-Semitism is showing its true colours across Europe, and is even intensifying in the government institutions.

Al Jazeera quoted the monitoring group Danish Halal, which launched a petition against the ban, as saying it was:

A clear interference in religious freedom limiting the rights of Muslims and Jews to practice their religion in Denmark.

In a piece published in Time, Imam Khalid Latif, a university chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, chaplain for the NYPD, and co-founder of Honest Chops, an organic halal butcher shop in NYC, explains why Denmark’s ban is “wrong”.

Last year politicians in Britain said they would not be outlawing religious slaughter despite “strong pressure” from the RSPCA, the National Secular Society and other activists.

20 responses to “In Denmark, animal rights trump religion”

  1. L.Long says:

    Dumb-assed religious dimwitted moroons!!!
    Making animals suffer for THEIR imaginary fiend is disgusting!
    The law does NOT stop them from practicing there dimwitted religions it just stops them from torturing animals.
    Don’t like the law? Become a Vegan! Or how about move off to the dessert where there are others that are just as psychotic as you!
    Besides anyone who waves a tortured chicken over their heads should not be considered as being too bright.

  2. Nikk says:

    Simply changing the word “religious” to “superstitious” highlights how ridiculous this all is, and anyway it’s not as if meat-eating is compulsory.

    As @L.Long says they should move on to dessert.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    ‘Religious freedom’ is such a useful term for the superstitious amongst us. It can condone cruelty to animals, cruelty to chidren, cruelty to women and crulety to the environment, whilst implying that the rest of us are insenstitive and interfering for having the temerity to question what they are doing. Very useful indeed.

  4. dennis says:

    way to go Denmark, my castle on the hill, where logic reason and science rule.

  5. fadi says:

    this should came to light earlier and i support that all european and developed world applies this starting with the united states. good work Denmark, hats down.

  6. Brummie says:

    Full of admiration for Denmark’s brave stand.

  7. (&$%^&&%$% says:

    Denmark – what a wonderful country. Well done. Now lets get this law spread right accross Europe. And if our muslim ‘guests’ don’t like it then I invite them to fuck off and live where it is ok to slit the throat of an animal and bleed it to death. From now on I will buy Danish whenever I can.

  8. Har Davids says:

    But what if the animal in question doesn’t belong to either of these two religions? If a goat is a Jew or Muslim it can be slaughtered according to its faith, but as long as we don’t know its religion it has to be stunned.

    This is all as silly as cutting a boy so his god knows he’s a member of his tribe. Why can’t children be born with their religion mentioned somewhere on their body? You don’t need to be a genius to come up with this simple solution. No, it’s so much better to have some idiot take a knife to its penis.

  9. Vanity Unfair says:

    Isn’t it nice to see Jews and Muslims working together to a common goal and forgetting all their minor differences for once. Is this the start of a great reconciliation of the two faiths?

  10. barriejohn says:

    From now on I will buy Danish whenever I can.

    I agree. No more gefilte fish for me; I shall be eating Danish pastries from now on!

  11. barriejohn says:

    Har Davids: Might this help?

    “Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was in the rods. He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated when they came to drink. So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban; and he put his own herds apart, and did not put them with Laban’s flock. Moreover, whenever the stronger of the flock were mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, so that they might mate by the rods; but when the flock was feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban’s and the stronger Jacob’s.”

    We know that that really happened, as it is in the Bible, and the Bible is a book of history.

  12. Cameron says:

    The dentist who killed the lion should have said it was his religious obligation to do it and then there would be no outcry.

  13. Ex Patriot says:

    Good for Denmark, now for the rest of Europe and the states also if they have the balls to stand up to these brain dead superstitious zombies

  14. Maggie says:

    How can you have rule of law when not every one has to obey the same laws? Well done Denmark. Now if only our own cowardly government would do the same, but perhaps it dare not knowing the level of unfettered ‘extremism’ in this country.

  15. Brian Jordan says:

    No chance of the UK government doing the decent thing – they won’t even make it compulsory to label un-stunned meat. And I don’t see supermarkets and caterers rushing to label it voluntarily rather than foist it on us.

  16. This is fantastic news and shows that we can face down religious zealots over the issue of their superstitious dietary fads and fancies. The UK prides itself on being “a nation of animal lovers”, yet we shy away from upsetting Orthodox Jews and practising Muslims who have voluntarily chosen to settle or remain here. Even the new religion-friendly NSS won’t take a stand. They just want it properly labelled. Kosher and Halal meat is an affront to civilised values and should have no place in our society. End of.

  17. […] Muslims and Jews in Denmark have expressed anger over a ban imposed this week on the religious slaughter of animals. But Denmark’s Minister for Agriculture and Food Dan Jørgensen insisted that : Animal rights come before religion.  […]

  18. barriejohn says:

    Diesel Balaam: I’m not sure that you are correct about the NSS. Some “halal” (halal-lite) meat derives from animals that have actually been pre-stunned but then “prayed over”. Although this wouldn’t bother me in the least, as it is all meaningless mumbo-jumbo, I can see that followers of other faiths would want to avoid it, so the meat should be labelled. There are other issues surrounding the matter, succinctly covered in the following op-ed:–religious-exemptions-from-animal-welfare-law-are-the-real-issue

    Food retailers should be upfront about what they’re serving, but surely the main issue surrounding halal and kosher meat is one of animal welfare, and the religious exemption from UK law that allows animals to be slaughtered without first being stunned.

    The National Secular Society has long argued for an end to this exemption. But as long as exemptions are granted, it’s necessary for meat from non-stun slaughter to be appropriately labelled, enabling consumers to avoid meat from animals not slaughtered humanely, if that’s their choice.

  19. 1859 says:

    Well done Denmark!!
    Animal rights must come before religious slaughter. I will buy more Danish bacon in future!

    OT – Which country exports the most male semen to fertility clinics around the world? That’s right – Denmark.