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Non-stun slaughter of livestock is banned in the UK – except in cases where the intention is to provide food for Muslims or Jews.
Why should followers of these two religions be exempt from a rule everyone else adheres to?
It’s a fair question, and the frustrations of secularists are not helped by what was arguably an overly liberal interpretation of religious freedom in the first place.
Since at least the 1930s, legislators in the UK have sought to balance animal welfare with the right to practise one’s religion. Hence, lawmakers decided it was important to permit kosher (shechita) and halal (dhabihah) slaughter. Yet neither Islam nor Judaism actually oblige their adherents to eat meat, and many practising Muslims accept pre-slaughter stunning, so it’s hard to argue that forcing Muslims and Jews …
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