European Union

No to Kosher and Halal Slaughter

Swedish agriculture minister Eskil Erlandsson has welcomed his EU colleagues’ decision to uphold strict rules for animal slaughter. Erlandsson said in Stockholm, the Swedish practice to stun animals before slaughter to avoid unnecessary suffering would not be changed.

The European Parliament had recently demanded exceptions from the slaughter rules that would allow kosher and halal slaughter without stunning, practiced for religious reasons by Jews and Muslims. In their latest session the agriculture ministers had overturned the parliament’s motion.