By Benjamín Ruiz, January 10, 2019

An unusual alliance between Jews and Muslims has developed in Europe because of the new tendency to prohibit the slaughter of animals without prior stunning.

Curious the debates that occur in those parts of the world with a much greater degree of multiculturalism than what can be in Latin America. And now animal production is once again the focus of attention – with poultry included – in particular, slaughter plants.

It turns out that in Europe there is an increasingly important population of Muslims that, together with the Jewish population, make up two groups that require certain religious rituals that involve bleeding the animal through a cut in the neck, without stunning. This is their tradition. Point. And I do not question it.

The question is that the animal groups, and even the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, consider that slaughtering animals without prior stunning is brutal and unacceptable because of the stress it generates in terms of animal welfare, without taking into account what the religious precepts of Jews and Muslims are (which I recognize that I do not know).

Several countries have already banned the sacrifice of animals, even for religious reasons. Others do allow those exceptions. The fact is that these measures are causing a serious problem in these minorities, which has even led to «an unusual alliance between their representatives [Muslims and Jews],» according to the newspaper El País.

This whole issue calls into question religious freedom and the right of religions to preserve their traditions. But, in addition, I think that puts in check a part of the poultry industry (and swine and livestock), because it cannot serve this important segment of the population.

Here politics, religion, the animal movement (which is part of politics), liberties and other aspects are mixed. And at the end is the battered industry of animal production and its consumers. And all for what? So that, in the end, anyway, the chickens die in the slaughter line and we eat them. What do you think?

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