Dutch MPs vote in favour of ritual slaughter ban

The lower house of the Dutch parliament voted by 116 to 30 to ban the Muslim halal and Jewish kosher slaughter of animals, Dutch media reported.

The draft legislation still has to be approved by the upper house of parliament before it can become law.

Several deputies voted against the bill on religious grounds, arguing that freedom of religion should be more important. They also said that ritual slaughter does not lead to more suffering for the animals.

Jewish and Islamic groups which can prove that animals do not suffer more during ritual killing than while being killed after stunning in an slaughterhouse will be able to apply for permit to continue their traditional practices, noted the media reports.