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‘It’s a knife in our backs’: Confusion also anger in Poland over the law against religious slaughter

Ditta, a Londoner who was residing in Belgium, had difficulty persuading Polish farmers who halal was a fantastic business prospect. However, he slowly recruited several Muslim workers and put them in slaughterhouses to beef compliant with Islamic law.

He sold his slaughterhouse – into a different Muslim company – and, in October, had proposed open a new manufacturing plant using around 80 employees.

In other words, before Poland’s government passed a law on Friday that may prohibit ritual slaughter, for example, the creation of halal and kosher meat.

Also as spiritual slaughter, the legislation prohibits the fur trade in Poland and using animals in circuses.

Poland is a significant exporter of halal beef into the Islamic world and among Europe’s main exporters kosher beef to Israel. Poland’s National Council of Agricultural Chambers explained that religion-compliant meat alone is currently worth $1.5 billion into the nation’s economy, accounting for 5 percent of exports of agri-food products.

Critics have spent the previous 24 hours debating the PiS wouldn’t just enable the breakdown of its governing coalition only months following an election over legislation on animal rights, but why the celebration would deal such a body blow into Poland’s farmers, before the party’s electoral base.

However, for Mohammed El Hadi, that conducts a halal certificate company that also provides halal-certified workers to slaughterhouses, grief has become confused, and ultimately anger.

“We do not know what is happening.

In 2013, the government outlawed the clinic, only to observe that legislation abiding in 2014.

Ditta, who’s established in Poland in the time of their initial ban, moved his whole company to Romania in reaction, simply to transfer it back again as soon as the ban has been lifted. Ever since that time, he states, the business has been flourishing in Poland: “It is ridiculous, it is mad,” he explained. “For them to prevent it today‚Ķ”

Poland also exports into the UK and elsewhere in Europe, offering more affordable costs compared to rivals in France, yet another significant sector.

“One month ago I had been speaking to the ministry for agriculture in Poland and that he had been pleased with how quickly the sector was growing. I am confused why they’re doing so today,” he explained.

Poland’s footprint in the international marketplace for spiritual compliant meat is oversized given its comparatively small Muslim community, of approximately 40,000 people. But regardless of the government’s refusal to accepting refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Islamic world and reports which cases of Islamophobia are on the upswing from Poland, El Hadi does not find the legislation because of light.

“It is not about Islamophobia or antisemitism, I do not think that it is all about that. I have lived in Poland for 11 decades and I have never had a problem with this,” explained El Hadi.

Far-right

However, the banning of religious slaughter has drawn support from some shadowy corners over the years. Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party prohibited the practice in 1933 because of questions regarding cruelty to animals the identical argument being made now by animal rights activists.

When the spiritual slaughter was prohibited in Belgium in 2019, the legislation was suggested by a right-wing Flemish nationalist, while over Europe a professed resistance to animal rights has frequently turned into a suitable foil for far-right antisemites and Islamophobes to attack religious minorities.

The European Jewish Association thinks that the animal welfare legislation has”discriminatory undertones”, not least at the terminology used to garner support to this. It had been introduced, said Rabbi Menachem Margolin said in a declaration, as a regulation that”all decent people” would encourage.

“This instantly categorizes Jews who may oppose this legislation as poor people’ evoking memories of frightening times for our communities,” he explained.

Whether the Jewish and Muslim method of slaughtering an animal by cutting its throat with a sharp sword whilst still aware is inhumane is a topic of discussion. It’s been contended that the non-religious clinic, of magnificent an animal having an electrical bolt into the head before killing it, is more vulnerable to the animals involved.

“There were evaluations,” explained Ditta. “They’ve proved that magnificent animal before killing it’s torturing it “

While confusion reigns over why the legislation has come in today, in a time once the business is growing and also a time when PiS’s governing majority is at stake,” Ditta states both the halal and the kosher meat sector intends to oppose it.

“It’s gone – but there is a charming period,” he explained.

“We are having a meeting next week and that I believe we have got 14 days. We are going to meet the Jewish community also. And we are going to combat it.”

Otherwise, he states, the profitable trade is going to have to up-sticks to nations in Europe which are eager to open their doors to the commerce, such as Romania and Ukraine.

Adam Traczyk, German Council on Foreign Relations, considers that the animal welfare legislation and also the decision to push forward with it’s little to do with animals and also a whole lot to do with politics.

“It is not about fur. It is not about Kaczynski having an animal lover. It is a proxy war with his younger coalition partners.

It did not hurt, too, that in forcing the legislation that the PiS can appeal to liberal voters as well as the youthful, and introducing himself as a Conservative, Traczyk explained, but crucial into the animal welfare bill had been placing the authorities two junior partners in their location.

In terms of the effect on the meat sector and Exotic farmers, Traczyk isn’t convinced it will be sizable. The fur business, he explained, the primary goal of this invoice is worth approximately $60m annually.

“It was banned between 2013 and 2014 and it did not affect the sector in any way,” he explained.