Jewish organisations are considering refusing to sign the covenant on ritual slaughter currently being worked out by religious groups and government officials, Trouw reports on Wednesday.

The covenant to cover animal slaughter without anaesthetics is being drawn up by farm minister Henk Bleker together with the slaughterhouse association, Muslim group CMO and the Dutch-Israeli organisation NIK.

The covenant, a compromise proposal by Bleker to head off an outright ban on Muslim and Jewish practices, should have been finalised in March.

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