VIENNA (AFP) – An Austrian state cabinet minister from a far-right party has called for stricter controls, including registration, for ritual slaughtering methods used by Jews and Muslims, citing animal rights.
FPOe member Gottfried Waldhaeusl was quoted in an interview in Austrian newspaper Die Presse Thursday as saying registration was necessary to reduce the slaughtering used for meat consumed by Jews and Muslims.
“To demonise the practice is a way to demonise minorities,” an IKG official, who declined to be named, told AFP.
Muslim commmunity organisation IGGOe has also called the proposal affecting halal meat “unacceptable”.
The FPOe was founded by former Nazis in the 1950s but in recent years has sought to clean up its image, with its leader saying the party rejects all extremism.
In March, the FPOe expelled two local councillors for sharing Hitler photos and quotes on WhatsApp, and in January an FPOe candidate in a state election quit after it emerged that his student fraternity had published a songbook with lyrics joking about the Holocaust.