A little late than the actual news stream itself I have decided to write this intriguing matter which has been dominating The Netherlands the past weeks beside Greece financial problem.
A concept bill against religious slaughter
The Party for Animals (Partij voor de Dieren) has applied a concept bill against religious slaughter. Religious slaughter, executed by Moslems and Jews according to their holy books, is considered inhuman by Partij voor de Dieren. The animals are being slaughtered unstunned. This causes too much stress for the animals and therefore inhuman. One of the missions from Partij voor de Dieren is to fight for animal welfare. And how I wish this mission stays so simple to reach but not for this matter.
Which one weighs heavier?
One thing I find very intriguing about this is the priority in this case. Which one weighs heavier? The freedom for Moslems and Jews to practice their faith by performing ritual slaughter according to their holy books or fighting for animal rights? This one is a tough call in a country where meat consumption is high and the pets are part of the family.
Partij voor de Dieren applied this concept bill supported by Geert Wilders’ party. Later on other socialist parties followed. The Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid) has planned to support this concept bill too but there was doubt within this party, especially by its Moslem and Jewish members. The latest news is that 4 socialist parties will review their intention to support this concept bill. This happened after Moslem and Jewish communities stated to look for other option than ritually slaughter the unstunned animals. By doing this the side of religious groups has shown they are willing to meet Partij voor de Dieren’s concern regarding animal welfare. I will wait and see what actually will come up at the end of this matter.
Meanwhile, I have started a study about the Jews and their belief. I have been intrigued by the hatred towards the Jews, many jokes and stereotypes and off course the Holocaust. When I finish this, I surely will write a post about it.