Three of Poland’s animal rights groups have filed complaints at a prosecutor’s office after the country’s Chief Mufti allegedly broke the law by slaughtering a lamb without prior stunning. He admitted to carrying out the ‘ritual slaughter’ in spite of a state-imposed ban on the practice.
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The News PL Angry words were exchanged between villagers and animal rights activists on Tuesday, with the latter trying to enter a private property where the slaughter was due to take place.
“I believe that the religious slaughter on the holiday took place in accordance with the Islamic faith, the Constitution, the state law regarding the Muslim Religious Association and the law on national and ethnic Minorities, in which the Tatar minority is registered as an ethnic minority,” Miskiewicz said.
The Chief Mufti had declared last week that the slaughter would take place in Bohoniki. However, the Tatar community in the nearby village of Kruszyniany chose not to carry out the custom this year, while nevertheless stating that the new law is “a limitation on our religious rights.”
Slaughter without prior stunning was made illegal from 1 January 2013, after animal rights activists lobbied for the matter to be taken to Poland’s Constitutional Court.
In July, MPs voted down a draft amendment to the law on animal protection that would have allowed for the slaughter of animals without prior stunning, if carried out so as to follow religious customs. The maximum penalty for breaking the law concerning slaughter without prior stunning is two years imprisonment.