France's chief rabbi warned the country's association of veterinarians of the "far-reaching" consequences of its recent opposition to the ritual slaughter of animals.

Rabbi Haim Korsia expressed his concern regarding the position of France's Order of Veterinarians in a letter he sent to the president of that association, Michel Baussier, the AFP news agency on Thursday reported.

Korsia expressed "indignation" in the letter to a statement that Baussier had made in parliament last month during a debate on animal welfare in the French lower house, the National Assembly, where Baussier said that "every animal must be rendered unconscious in an effective manner" before it is killed for meat.

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