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.