Oh and kosher, they’re not picking on the Muslims! (There are no kosher slaughterhouses in Denmark to the best of my knowledge and googling)
There were some news stories a few months back about halal meat being sold unlabelled in supermarkets and people got mad because consumers want all the information before they can make a choice.
Now halal slaughter is banned. The Danish state say it is an animal welfare decision. But animal welfare in Denmark is pretty shit. Animal welfare organisations complain regularly about how pigs are treated in Denmark. Mink farms are a disgrace. Zoophilia is legal. Not to mention their bloody zoos.
My friends in other countries prefer to discuss the philosophy of putting animal welfare above religious considerations. That’s fine.
But this decision is not about animal welfare. It is about getting at the Muslims. Sure, they can get their meat elsewhere/go vegetarian but what about the people working in the halal meat trade? They are mostly Muslims and now what will they do? Drive a bus?? Become a SOSU?
The conventionally slaughtered Danish meat industry didn’t like the ‘Other’ encroaching on their territory. And they were sure as shit not going to go to the expense of labelling halal meat. Hardly any non-Muslim Danes will be bothered about how the Muslims are treated. It’s a win-win for legislators: look good on animal welfare+ kick the Muslims.
Meanwhile, I have to put up with people saying that animal welfare trumps religious sensibilities, all the while continuing to eat conventionally slaughtered meat products. If Denmark had tightened animal welfare legislation in general, raising the welfare standards of meat production in general and ooops! that means no halal/kosher slaughter, I’d be less cynical. If more Danes were vegetarian or vegan, I’d be less cynical. If it were possible to get ‘happy meat’ easily in Danish supermarkets, I’d be less cynical.
If I were a sheep or a cow, I’m not sure I’d prefer a conventional Danish slaughterhouse. If I had to choose, you understand.