An application to slaughter animals without stunning them first has led the agriculture minister, Karen Hækkerup (Socialdemokraterne), to call for a ban on the practice.

No animals are slaughtered in Denmark without first being stunned, though EU regulations do allow for the practice if the animals are being slaughtered according to religious guidelines.

Hækkerup argued that the application demonstrated that Denmark needed to unilaterally demand that all animals be stunned before being slaughtered.

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