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Ritual Slaughter Opposed

The Amsterdam municipality has been urged by the small right-wing “Farmers Party” to prohibit ritual slaughtering as practiced by the Jewish community. A spokesman for the party, Jan Roodenburg, a cattle breeder, calls the slaughter “unnecessary torture” of animals.

The assistant director of the Amsterdam Municipal Slaughterhouse says Roodenburg’s descriptions of ritual slaughter are “correct,” but adds the slaughter is legal and can only be changed by changing Dutch law.