Target: Stanisław Dabrowski, First President of the Supreme Court
Goal: Protest Polish court for deciding to overturn a ban on the ritual slaughtering of animals
Poland’s highest court decided to overturn a previous decision that banned the ritual slaughter of animals practiced frequently by Jewish and Muslim communities. The court stated that banning such practices didn’t allow citizens to exercise their right to freedom of religion. Condemn the court’s decision to legalize the murder of innocent animals for religious ceremonies.
The ritual slaughter of animals for religious purposes involves killing animals without stunning them first, which makes them feel pain before their unfortunate deaths. This cruelty had been illegal since January 2013 due to the outrage from animal rights activists, but the court changed its stance to allow Polish citizens to continue using innocent animals for their religious purposes. Poland’s Jewish community voiced their complaints to the court and said the earlier decision violated Poland’s Constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights.
Animals being forced to endure pain before their slaughter just for the purpose of religion is a cruel and outdated practice. Citing one’s right to freedom of religion as a justification for this is ridiculous. This slaughter should not be allowed to continue. Please sign the petition below and condemn Poland’s decision to overturn the slaughter of innocent animals in the name of religion.
Dear Mr. Dabrowski,
The recent decision to overturn the ban on the ritual slaughter of animals for religious purposes is very disappointing. The pressure Poland’s constitutional court faced was enough to reverse a humane decision and bow to the religious community. The overturning of this decision simply shows the lobbying power of the religious community in Poland.
Animal rights activists had previously voiced their outrage at the slaughtering of innocent animals in this way and the court listened. They made such practices illegal in January 2013, and for good reason. In the slaughter of innocent animals for religious rituals, no prior stunning of the animal is performed and as a result, they feel pain before being killed. Citing religious freedom as an excuse to torture innocent animals is not an acceptable decision and the court needs to recognize the harm they have caused by overturning this ban.
In such a progressive country as Poland, it is disheartening to see this huge step backward. Please consider the consequences of this decision and realize that it is unacceptable to permit animal cruelty for the sake of outdated religious practices.
[Your Name Here]
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