The Lower House of the Dutch Parliament voted Tuesday to ban the slaughter of livestock without stunning or anesthetizing the animals first.
The bill, proposed by the Party for the Animals, the first animal-rights group that is represented in a European legislature, passed by 116 votes to 30. It still must be approved by the Upper House before becoming law.
If the bill passes, the country will join New Zealand, Switzerland, and the Scandinavian and Baltic countries that all ban procedures which make meat kosher or halal. Jewish and Muslim groups feel the bill limits their right to freedom of religion.