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    Dutch ban on kosher slaughter sidestepped

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    Dutch Agriculture Minister Hans Bleker signed an agreement with Jewish
    and Muslim religious leaders and slaughterhouses which will prevent a
    ban on ritual slaughter. Under the agreement animals can continue to
    be ritually slaughtered as long as they lose consciousness within 40
    seconds of their throats being cut. The measure had passed the lower
    house of the Dutch parliament in June 2011.