France said Thursday that it respects religious rites and has not issued any ban on the slaughter of poultry in accordance with Islamic principles.
France’s position on the 2009 European regulation to waive the obligation of prior stunning of animals in the event of ritual slaughter, “remains unchanged,” said the Ministry of Agriculture and Food in a statement. Press release.
The controversy over the ban on halal slaughter rites came to light after authorities at three major mosques in Paris, Lyon and Evry issued a joint statement on March 18, expressing concern for the Franco-Muslim community at the approaching the holy month of Ramadan.
A ministerial instruction dated November 23, 2020 could lead to the ban on the slaughter of poultry according to the halal ritual, from July 2021, they said.
The response from senior Muslim leaders sparked a wave of social media posts and misinformed claims.
The ministry said the new circular clarified the control methods applicable to all types of poultry slaughter and stunning methods, without changing existing rules in practice at the national level. This does not call into question the possibility of practicing ritual slaughter, he said.
Both Kosher Jewish and Islamic Halal rites involve the slaughter of animals or poultry by quickly slitting their throats, unlike the EU directive requiring the animal to be stunned first.
Slaughterers who wish to derogate from the stunning obligations for religious purposes are authorized to do so by the French regional authorities.
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