On Monday, Demark has issued a ban on the religious slaughter of animals. The move garnered tremendous backlash from both Jewish and Muslim communities, Time reports.
Because of the ban, slaughterhouses are now required to stun animals before they’re killed. Before, religious communities were given a pass when it came to this. However, that’s not happening any longer.
Dan Jørgensen, the Danish minister for agriculture and food, told Demark’s TV2 that “Animal rights come before religion.”
The Independent reports that activists are upset over the change calling it a “clear interference in religious freedom.”
Under both kashrut and halal laws, Jews and Muslims will not consume meat unless the animal is killed with a single slice to the neck, with the intent being to minimize the pain.