From AFP news agency in France:
Bardot rails against Muslim, Jewish animal slaughter
– Tue Jan 4 , 10:49 am ET
PARIS – Former screen idol Brigitte Bardot and other animal rights activists on Tuesday launched a poster campaign in France to end Jewish and Islamic ritual slaughter of animals.
“I can no longer accept that in order to please a god animals have their throats slit like in the Middle Ages without being stunned beforehand, when we have modern methods to prevent animals suffering,” the 76-year-old Bardot told AFP.
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation and six other rights groups are planning to put up more than 2,000 posters across France sporting a picture of a cow’s head and a text denouncing ritual slaughter.
France is home to Europe’s biggest Muslim minority, estimated at between five and six million, and to the continent’s biggest Jewish community, believed to number up to 700,000.
Her campaign is based on hatred of Jews and Muslims rather than on genuine concern about animal welfare.
Already in the 1930s, anti-Semites hid their racist poison behind an “animal welfare” smokescreen. Their 21st century heirs have learned this trick, now not just against Jews, but against Muslims as well.
Jewish Swiss author Charles Lewinsky has noted that in the 1930s Swiss government anti-ritual slaughter policies were supposedly pro-animal welfare, but in fact anti-Semitic. The first anti-Semitic measure after Hitler’s nazis had invaded the Netherlands in 1940 was banning shechita slaughter.
Singling out religious minorities like Jews or Muslims for supposedly being worse anti-animal than others does not help animals, but helps racists.
In France, like elsewhere in the world, millions of animals suffer in the commercial animal processing industry. The bosses in this industry are usually neither Muslim nor Jewish. And you don’t hear Ms Bardot about them.
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