UKIP leadership candidate Bill Etheridge has said that he would call for a ban on the kosher and halal slaughter of animals if he becomes the party's next leader.

Mr Etheridge, a West Midlands MEP and councillor in Dudley, said the party should have a policy of banning the slaughter of animals which have not been stunned in advance of being killed.

This would effectively ban the production of kosher meat, eaten by Jews. Halal meat, eaten by Muslims, can also come from animals which were slaughtered without being stunned first.

The proposal, which has been considered by UKIP in the past, would be highly controversial.

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