Polish court bans slaughter of animals despite EU rules

Poland's top court Tuesday ruled that the ritual slaughter of animals, a key tenet of the Jewish and Muslim faith.

Polish court bans slaughter of animals despite EU rules

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Poland's top court Tuesday ruled that the ritual slaughter of animals, a key tenet of the Muslim and Jewish faiths, was "illegal", but the government said, that new EU rules would still allow the practice.

The Constitutional Court's ruling appeared largely symbolic, as it enters into force on January 1, the same day it is over-riden by a European Union directive setting common rules for the production of halal and kosher meat across the 27-nation bloc.

"There will be no doubt about this as of January 1," Agriculture Minister Stanislaw Kalemba told Polish public radio.

But animal rights campaigners insisted the ban, saying the incoming regulations allowed individual EU member states to request an exception.

"It's up to us to decide whether we want a law authorising this kind of slaughter or not," Dariusz Gzyra of the campaign group Empatia told.

Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2012, 12:58
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