Western Europe's commitment to secularism often translates into outlawing the free exercise of religion. Denmark has outlawed the kosher and halal slaughter of animals -- meaning it will be illegal to produce meat according to the strictures of Jewish or Islamic teaching.

The Independent reports:

"Denmark’s government has brought in a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of halal and kosher meat, after years of campaigning from welfare activists. ...

"European regulations require animals to be stunned before they are slaughtered, but grants exemptions on religious grounds. For meat to be considered kosher under Jewish law or halal under Islamic law, the animal must be conscious when killed.

"Yet defending his government’s decision to remove this exemption, the minister for agriculture and food Dan Jørgensen told Denmark’s TV2 that 'animal rights come before religion.'"