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The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority advised the government to ban ritual slaughter of animals, citing pain and suffering caused to them in the process.

The recommendation appeared in a report by the authority's risk assessment bureau, the NRC Handelsblad daily reported Friday.

"Ban, from a point of view of animal welfare, the killing of conscious animals and especially cattle," the daily quoted from the recommendation. "If the slaughter of conscious cattle continues anyway," the recommendation's authors wrote, then slaughtered animals must not be handled as long as they display signs of life.


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