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Killing and slaughtering animals

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

In order to be allowed to slaughter animals you must have proof of your expertise. Strict regulations apply to all actions. In the first place, you must ensure that the animals suffer as little (pain and trauma) as possible during transport, accommodation, securing, stunning, slaughtering or killing. The room in which the slaughtering takes place and the instruments used must comply with the requirements referred to in the Killing of Animals Decree (Besluit doden van dieren).

Religious slaughter

In the Netherlands, an animal must be stunned prior to slaughter. An exception to this rule is made for religious slaughter in accordance with Islamic and Jewish rites. To be allowed to perform religious slaughter, the abattoir must have been recognised as a religious abattoir by the Minister of Economic Affairs in consultation and agreement with the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport. If you are going to perform religious slaughter for the first time or your last religious slaughter has been more than a year ago, you must report your abattoir to the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit, NVWA).

Online application procedure via Message Box

Using Message Box you can notify NVWA of a planned religious slaughter. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency