Austria's vice chancellor has called for a ban on ritual slaughter in the country, including Jewish shechitah.
Heinz-Christian Strache, the nation's interior minister and head of the far-right Freedom Party, in a Facebook post Monday said animals should be stunned before slaughter, which is prohibited for both Jewish kosher and Muslim halal meat.
"Slaughter is in many cases contrary to animal rights," he wrote. "Slaughter should generally be prohibited without prior stunning. As in other EU countries, too. And animals are not a thing either, but protected creatures that cannot be tortured."
The post included a link to an article in German that listed several European Union states that have made ritual slaughter illegal in recent years, including Denmark, Poland, Switzerland and the Netherlands.