Dutch party introduces anti-Islam bill
The Netherlands' far-right Freedom Party has taken another Islamophobic measure, introducing a bill that -- if passed -- would effectively ban Halal meat in the country.
The bill, which would make the Islamic slaughter of animals illegal and thus effectively cutting the supply of Halal meat, is expected to be put to a vote in the Dutch Parliament later this month, the Associated Press reported.
The bill claims that the Islamic as well as Jewish methods of slaughtering livestock violate animal rights.
According to the Netherlands' Director of Halal Correct Abdulfattah Ali-Salah, Dutch Muslims now feel as if animal welfare is preferred to their rights.
The Muslim population of the Netherlands stands at about 1 million.
"If the law goes through now there's nothing else to do but protest," Ali-Salah said.
The Freedom Party, led by xenophobic politician Geert Wilders, is the third-largest political party in the Netherlands.
Wilders gained notoriety for making an anti-Islam short movie titled “Fitna” in 2008, prompting angry protests across the world.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon described the movie as “offensively anti-Islamic.” The European Parliament also banned the screening of the film, saying it provokes hatred.
In 2009, a court appeal in Amsterdam ordered his prosecution for "the incitement to hatred and discrimination."
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