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Wed Dec 23, 2020, 07:44 PM Dec 2020

Europe's Highest Court Gives Its Approval to Attempts to Outlaw Jewish and Muslim Life

This past month, in an attempt to suppress a new coronavirus mutation, Denmark killed all 17 million of its mink. I thought about this episode over the weekend, after Europe’s highest court opted to uphold several Belgian regional bans on kosher and halal animal slaughter, cutting off the only local source of meat for observant members of two faiths.

You see, six years ago, Denmark also banned kosher and halal slaughter for being cruel to animals—while continuing to be the world’s largest fur producer. That’s why they had all those mink in the first place. In this way, Denmark is emblematic of how “animal rights” is used as cover by Europe’s culturally Christian majority to persecute Muslim and Jewish minorities. The country was happy to express its deep and abiding concern for animal welfare, just as long as the price was paid by despised religious sects with no political or economic clout, and not by the rest of the population.

Belgium does not export mink, but it does engage in factory farming of everything from chickens to turkeys. These are actual industries that service the entire country. By contrast, there are only 30,000 Jews in Belgium’s population of 11.5 million, and approximately 570,000 Muslims. In other words, in practice, the country’s kosher and halal bans will not substantially protect the rights of animals so much as suppress the rights of Muslims and Jews. The policy asks nothing of the general population and will have no impact on their lives or food consumption. It just sends an ugly message insinuating that Jews and Muslims are uniquely depraved when it comes to animal rights, when in reality, they are just easy targets. While defenders of such efforts would like the debate to be about animal rights, even a cursory glance shows that it’s really about something else.

This is how anti-Semitism, among other bigotries, has often operated: as cost-free virtue signaling that enables the majority to claim that it cares about a moral problem, while scapegoating minorities for it and never sacrificing anything themselves.


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Europe's Highest Court Gives Its Approval to Attempts to Outlaw Jewish and Muslim Life (Original Post) Mosby Dec 2020 OP
Agree 100% madaboutharry Dec 2020 #1
+1 Mosby Dec 2020 #2
Live near the Arctic Circle and you would wear fur also - it is the only thing that will keep Hestia Dec 2020 #3
I don't personally have an issue with fur. madaboutharry Dec 2020 #4


(40,284 posts)
1. Agree 100%
Wed Dec 23, 2020, 07:50 PM
Dec 2020

Saga Mink, the mink coats and jackets made from Danish mink, is the most coveted of mink among those who buy such garments.

Bans on kosher slaughter of meat is bullshit and everyone knows it.



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3. Live near the Arctic Circle and you would wear fur also - it is the only thing that will keep
Thu Dec 24, 2020, 01:31 AM
Dec 2020

you warm in the winter. Synthetic clothing won't come close to it.


(40,284 posts)
4. I don't personally have an issue with fur.
Thu Dec 24, 2020, 01:37 AM
Dec 2020

I am rather agnostic when it comes to wearing fur.

My post is not a criticism of people who wear fur. My post was meant to point out the hypocrisy of the Danish government in allowing mink farms while banning ritual slaughter of animals for food that is the religious practice of Jews and Muslims.

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