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    the ritual practice as laid out thousands of years ago, no matter whether or not more humane means of killing have since been devised.

    I've witnessed Halal slaughter.  It's not what I'd call quick, compared to a bolt gun used properly.

    What's actually at issue here, though, is that if only slaughter using a bolt gun is permitted, and that rule is firm and fair for everyone, and it's been passed without any motivation to discriminate - it doesn't matter what some religion teaches about humane slaughter.

    On the other hand, if some assholes pass a law prohibiting anyone from saying a prayer before killing an animal - that's as clear cut a violation of the First as it gets.

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