Cabinet to decide on ritual slaughter ban after Senate vote

25th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The cabinet says it will await the outcome of a vote in the Senate on an Animal Rights Party bill proposing a ban on unstunned ritual slaughter before it takes a decision on whether to sign the bill into law.

Deputy Prime Minister Maxime Verhagen said on Friday that he would not make a statement on the issue until after the Senate vote.     Parliament is to vote on the Animal Rights Party bill and its amendments on Tuesday, after which it will be sent on to the Senate. During the parliamentary debate earlier this week, Deputy Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker had already indicated that the bill is at odds with the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion.

According to Mr Verhagen, the cabinet would only consider whether to sign the bill after it had been approved by the Senate, “and not a day sooner.”       

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