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Poland Bans Ritual Slaughter of Animals

14 January 2013
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

POLAND - As of 1 January, 2013, Poland banned the ritual slaughter of animals without prior stunning.

The ban stems from the Polish Constitutional Court decision that the existing regulation regarding ritual slaughter is contrary to Animal Protection Act and Polish Constitution.

The Animal Protection Act requires the stunning of animals before slaughter and does not allow for any exception to this rule.

The 2004 Regulation allowed for the ritual slaughter of animals by bleeding without prior stunning. As a result of the court’s ruling, the challenged Ministry of Agriculture regulation expired as of 31 December, 2012.

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