Poland's government has approved draft legislation that would reinstate the slaughter of livestock according to the customs of Jewish and Muslim minorities.

The practices of Jewish shechita and Muslim dhabiha livestock slaughter, which see animals killed without prior stunning, were banned in December 2012 by Poland's Constitutional Court following a campaign led by animal rights groups.

However, Poland's agricultural minister Stanislaw Kalemba warned that by outlawing the predominantly export business, several thousand jobs would be lost.

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