By: Steve Dellar | 07-19-2018 | News
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Austria – Government Wants Registry Of Jewish And Muslims Butchers

Given what happened around the middle of the last century, there probably is never a good time to start a public registry of Jews and Muslims in your country. And if you are the birthplace of Adolf Hitler and are ruled by a far-right government, then…. well you’re gonna face some backlash to say the least if you bring up that idea.

Jewish organizations were thus quick to criticize the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) which rules together with the Conservatives of Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz (pictured together with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban) after they proposed that Jewish butchers would need to register with the government if they seek to sell kosher meat. The same rules would apply to Muslim butchers who sell halal meat.

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The Berlin-based American Jewish Committee reacted furiously: “This constitutes an attack on Jewish and Muslim life. Soon with a star on the chest?”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This story has given rise to great concerns in Austria&#39;s Jewish and Muslim community. Leading politicians from Lower Austria have thus gone on record &amp; made it clear that they will find a solution together with these communities - and allay all fears!<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Martin Weiss (@martinoweiss) <a href="">July 18, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Austrian FPÖ party, which rose to fame under the leadership of Jorg Haider in the 1980s, has been plagued by Nazi-related scandals in recent years already and proposing a countrywide register of Muslim and Jewish butchers because of ‘hygienic measures’ will certainly not help.

Mr Alexander Murlasits, an FPÖ spokesman, claimed, however: “This law proposal dates back to 2017 when it was drafted by the Social Democrat during his last days in office.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Huge backlash in Austria over plans to make Jews and Muslims register to buy kosher-halal meat. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Ged Grebby (@GedGrebby) <a href="">July 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“All we’re doing now is to follow the rules. This is absolutely not about religion – it’s about animal protection.”

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Yes, indeed, according to the FPO animal protection is in their interest as Jewish and Muslim religious laws require animals to be conscious when their throats are cut for the meat to be considered kosher or halal. However, critics of the production of kosher and halal meat say it is cruel with some even stating it is unsanitary.

Mr Gottfried Waldhäusl, who proposed the register said his draft law was being put forward “from the point of view of animal welfare” and that religious rites slaughter should “generally be rejected.”

“We are checking whether the meat requirement can be linked to the place of residence.”


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Anonymous No. 31758 2018-07-19 : 23:31

Their citizens are being butchered by muslim invaders and they're worried about halal doner kebab stand meat? I hope they find a final solution to this problem

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