Lithuanian Agriculture Ministry introduces ritual slaughter methods

Ministry of Agriculture
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

At the meeting, specialists of the Agriculture Ministry introduced the initial animal slaughter methods that would satisfy religious rituals, as well as procedures, methods of control and record-keeping.

Procedures that are yet to be established will be mandatory for agricultural companies engaged in ritual slaughter of animals. According to proposals, people working in ritual slaughter of animals would be issued special certificates proving their competence.

The Seimas of Lithuania approved the proposed amendments to the Law on Welfare and Protection of Animals, allowing ritual slaughter of animals from 2015, hoping to help Lithuanian producers enter markets in the Middle East.

Countries like Germany, France and many other member-states of the European Union allow ritual slaughter following the rite because the EU regulations permit such way of slaughtering. According to the Agriculture Ministry, once the law is amended, one of the most profitable product markets will open up to Lithuanian producers.

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