Poland to ban ritual slaughter of animals for export – lawmaker

WARSAW, Sept. 17 (Reuters) – Poland plans to ban religious slaughter of animals for export and the state will offer compensation to companies that suffer, a ruling party member of parliament said on Thursday .

Poland is one of Europe’s largest exporters of halal and kosher meat, with shipments in 2017 of more than 70,000 tonnes, mainly to Israel and Turkey, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Jewish and Muslim slaughter methods consist of slaughtering animals without prior stunning.

The ruling Nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS) wants to curb this in a package of bills aimed at improving animal welfare and, critics say, broadening the party’s call for a 2023 election.

After an all-night discussion by a parliamentary panel, preceded by demonstrations by farmers in Warsaw, an amendment banning ritual slaughter for export was rejected.

But PiS MP Marek Suski told a press conference that the legislation would be resubmitted on Thursday with some “fixes” to ensure the ban on ritual slaughter for export gets approval. of the majority.

“We will also complete the bill with compensation for those who run businesses where ritual slaughter is carried out,” Suski added before the debate in the lower house.

Ritual slaughter would still be legal for the internal market under the proposals.

Parliament on Thursday was also debating proposed restrictions on the breeding of fur animals and the use of wild animals in circuses, as well as additional funds to care for the dogs and horses that worked with the forces. of security. (Reporting by Marcin Goclowski; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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