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Ritual Slaughter Ban Lifted

Poland's agriculture minister has announced that the religious slaughter of animals will be reinstated only a week after the country's judges banned it.

The country's Constitutional Tribunal had said it was against Polish law to allow animals to have their throats cut and bleed to death without first being stunned for Jewish and Muslim communities.

Now farming minister Stanislaw Kalemba has promised a new law overturning the ban will be before Poland's parliament this week.

The row comes ahead of new EU law coming into forced on January 1 next year which will allow member states to permit ritual slaughter for kosher or halal meat.

Animal rights protesters had said it could take months for the legal wrangle to be resolved over whether Polish or EU law should come first.

Now minister Kalemba says Poland needs to act quickly to preserve the religious communities' rights.

"This is the quickest way to change the law," he said.

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