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Mi Hazank seeks to ban ritual slaughter

The opposition Mi Hazank party will submit a bill to ban the ritual slaughter of animals in Hungary, a lawmaker of the radical party told a press conference on Monday.

Istvan Szabadi said animals facing slaughter were not rendered unconscious in the kosher nor in the halal method, causing them suffering. He added the party’s proposal was in line with European rules and mentioned Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, and Slovenia as countries where a similar ban was in force.

According to the practice of EU courts, a ban on ritual slaughter does not constitute a restriction of religious freedoms, Szabadi said.

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