A ban on non-stun slaughter has come into force in Denmark as the country's government says "animal rights come before religion".
The new law was implemented on 17 February and follows years of animal welfare campaigns against the method of slaughter, in which the animal is not given anaesthetics before slaughter.
The Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark Dan Jørgensen has been fighting the case for better welfare to the growing pig population of Denmark. He stated that the implementation of the new law is due to an occasional demand for non-stun slaughter.
However, the move has been criticised by several religious groups including Danish Halal and the Jewish Society of Denmark who claim it violates religious freedom. Danish Halal is currently carrying out a petition against the new legislation, which has reached 20,000 signatures and was presented to Jørgensen in a meeting at Friday, 21 February.
Source: The Ministery for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark