Animal slaughter ruling in Belgium stirs religious freedom debate

022704e08a4b49f5a3eff07a0334ceca_18Source: AlJazeera

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Brussels and Wallonia, Belgium – Inside his Brussels office, animal rights activist Michel Vandenbosch opens a large book he wrote about the Global Action in the Interest of Animals, or GAIA, Belgium’s leading animal rights organisation.

Vandenbosch, its president, points to photos of a 2014 rally in Belgium’s capital, attended by thousands of people calling for a national ban on slaughtering animals such as cattle, sheep and goats without stunning them first.

“When you cut an animal’s throat, without stunning, it still feels pain,” said Vandenbosch.

GAIA produced a video showing animals contorting after a knife cuts the blood vessels in the neck. 

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