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Polish court bans ritual slaughter, EU gives go-ahead
Poland's top court Tuesday ruled that the ritual slaughter of animals, a key tenet of the Jewish and Muslim faiths, was illegal, but the government insisted that new EU rules would still allow the practice.
The Constitutional Court's ruling appeared largely symbolic, as it enters into force on January 1, the same day it is over-riden by a European Union directive setting common rules for the production of kosher and halal meat across the 27-nation bloc.
"There will be no doubt about this as of January 1," Agriculture Minister Stanislaw Kalemba told Polish public radio.
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