The Netherlands is set to sharpen up laws around ritually-slaughtered meat. Martijn van Dam, junior minister for economic affairs, wants stricter rules on meat from animals killed with 'ritual' methods instead of being stunned, to reduce suffering.
In a letter to MPs on Wednesday, Van Dam wrote: 'I find the current implementation unacceptable. Negative effects on animal welfare must be minimised.'
Meat from ritually-killed animals must be clearly labelled, available in religious communities only rather than the 'regular' meat chain, and cannot be exported, he wrote. The rules will apply from January next year.