Legislation requiring animals to be stunned before they are slaughtered is being described by Arabic media as a ban on halal meat, even though halal products can still be purchased in Denmark.

In traditional Islamic halal and Jewish kosher practices, the animal must be conscious at the point of slaughter, but the agriculture and food minister, Dan Jørgensen (S), officially brought an end to the practice on February 17.

The decision may result in an Arabic boycott of Danish beef and poultry products, according to Arab News, an English-language newspaper in Saudi Arabia.

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