From the Danish food ministry this is not great timing. Less than two weeks after the world was shocked by the slaughter of Marius the giraffe, halal and shechita slaughter – normal practices for millions of Muslims and Jews – have been effectively banned in Denmark.
Roll on the UK following this example…
In most European countries, including the UK, the slaughter of an animal is considered humane only if it is stunned before having its throat cut. Muslim and Jewish rules, however, require an animal to be fully alive, healthy, and intact before being killed, and this is often interpreted to mean it must be conscious.
So change the interpretation. Haven’t you adapted other ‘fixed’ rules to take account of modern inventions?