Slaugh­ter is­sue

The Church of England - - LETTERS -

Sir, In­stead of de­bat­ing over the ero­sion of re­li­gious free­dom in Den­mark, by the ban on rit­ual slaugh­ter, (Euro­pean ex­am­ples prove wor­ry­ing, 28 Fe­bru­ary) shouldn’t re­li­gious people of all de­nom­i­na­tions be de­bat­ing over whether or not the mur­der of sen­tient be­ings should be sanc­tioned and em­braced by reli­gions in the first place?

Most reli­gions are based on love - we read in the Bi­ble that God “is” love - yet when we need­lessly and vi­o­lently kill our fel­low sen­tient be­ings we are be­ing the op­po­site of lov­ing.

Jewish No­bel prize win­ner Isaac Ba­she­vis Singer wrote: “There will be no jus­tice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and de­stroy those who are weaker than he is.”

Al­bert Sch­weitzer echoed these sen­ti­ments: “An­i­mals suf­fer as much as we do. Un­til we ex­tend our cir­cle of com­pas­sion to all liv­ing things, hu­man­ity will not find peace.”

Den­mark’s Agri­cul­tural Min­is­ter is def­i­nitely cor­rect in say­ing that an­i­mal rights come be­fore re­li­gion. It’s just a pity that the “right to life” is not ac­knowl­edged as one of these rights.

Jenny Mox­ham,

Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia

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