Do Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers? The Legal Regulation of Religious Slaughter of Animals

33 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2012  

Ven. Alex Bruce

Australian National University - ANU College of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

There is now a significant body of literature demonstrating the close link between religious beliefs and the choices consumers make in their purchasing decisions. Studies into the relationship between religion and consumer preferences also demonstrate the formative role that religion plays in influencing the choice of food consumption.

Despite recent and more sophisticated scientific studies suggesting that animals experience more pain when slaughtered by religious ritual, the practice is not likely to be prohibited. Although there is a general movement in Western societies toward increased recognition of animal interests and welfare, there is no philosophical consensus attributing sufficient weight to the interests of animals that would outweigh human rights claims recognised through freedom of religious practice.

Suggested Citation

Bruce, Ven. Alex, Do Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers? The Legal Regulation of Religious Slaughter of Animals (2011). University of New South Wales Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2011; ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-29. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2124759

Ven. Alex Bruce (Contact Author)

Australian National University - ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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