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September 17, 2020 - Devdiscourse

Poland to ban ritual animal slaughter for export - lawmaker

Poland to ban ritual animal slaughter for export - lawmaker
Depictions of Kosher Animal SlaughterUnknow Artist, 15th Century

Poland plans to ban religious slaughtering of animals for export and the state will offer compensation to businesses that suffer, a ruling party member of parliament said on Thursday.

Poland is one of the biggest European exporters of halal and kosher meat, with 2017 shipments of more than 70,000 tonnes, mainly to Israel and Turkey, agriculture ministry data shows.

Jewish and Muslim methods of slaughter involve the animals' throats being cut without prior stunning. The ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party wants to curb that in a package of bills aimed at improving animal welfare and, according to critics, widening the party's appeal for a 2023 election.

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