Target: Dan Jorgensen, Danish Minister of Agriculture and Food
Goal: Thank Denmark for banning religious slaughter for meat production
Denmark’s government has initiated a ban on the slaughter of animals for the production of halal and kosher meat. Religious slaughter has long been under pressure throughout Europe by animal welfare groups because the exemptions granted to religious groups often make slaughter inhumane. For working to reduce suffering in slaughterhouses Denmark deserves our gratitude.
Despite the fact that European laws require animals to be stunned before they are slaughtered to reduce fear and suffering, exemptions are given on religious grounds. Under Jewish and Islamic law, animals must be conscious when they are killed for their meat to be considered kosher or halal. In both cases, slaughter is performed by making a deep cut across the animal’s throat. Although the intention is to kill the animal instantly, they often do not lose consciousness immediately or bleed to death.
The decision has been met with a great deal of criticism after the recent slaughter of a giraffe at a local zoo, however, Denmark’s Minister of Agriculture and Food made a statement saying, “Animal rights come before religion.” Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the ban, it is a big day for animals when their welfare wins out over such a significant aspect of human life.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is responsible for applying most of the pressure on the Danish government. Denmark now joins several other countries in Europe, including Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Iceland, in regulating ritual slaughter. Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Denmark for making sure that the welfare of animals, including those meant for slaughter, is given consideration.
Dear MEP Dan Jorgensen,
Despite a great deal of controversy, you recently instituted a ban on the ritual slaughter of animals. It’s always a significant achievement for animals when their welfare wins out over such a significant aspect of human life. You now join several other countries, in what will hopefully soon be a European ban on such practices.
Humans should be willing to make sacrifices in order to ensure the well-being of all living things. Thank you for bringing attention to this issue and for your commitment to protecting the lives of animals in Denmark.
[Your Name Here]
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