Federal party leader Didier Reynders (MR) was caught on video saying that he is for animal slaughter without anaesthesia in Brussels, but tweeted immediately after the video was posted that this is not the case. “Prohibit slaughter without anaesthesia in Brussels? Not with us,” said federal party leader Didier Reynders (MR) in a Twitter video, contradicting his party’s standpoint.
The video appeared on Twitter on Friday and has no date, reported Le Soir. According to Michel Henrion, former spokesperson for the Parti Socialiste (PS), who posted the video, it was recorded during a discussion about the flyer that Ecolo distributed, about being for un-anaesthetised slaughter among other things, earlier in May.
Exclusif: la vidéo ou sur le terrain @dreynders (Pdt #MR Bxl)dit -avant le #TractEcolo– ne pas vouloir interdire l’#AbattageRituel à Bruxelles. “Ce n’est pas avec nous que cela se fera” (1’39”) ajoutant: Il n’y a pas de raisons d’avancer sur cette voie-là” (1’07”) #Elections2029 pic.twitter.com/aSIaV4skPL
— michel henrion (@michelhenrion) May 24, 2019
Reynders, in the video, said that he does not want to prohibit ritual slaughter in Brussels. “It will not happen with us,” he said. “There is no reason to continue on that track,” he added.
Je confirme que nous voulons un abattage AVEC ÉTOURDISSEMENT.
Pas interdire l’abattage dans le cadre d’une fête religieuse mais bien respecter le bien-être animal.
— didier reynders (@dreynders) May 24, 2019
However, his reaction to the video leaves doubts about his position on ritual slaughter with or without anaesthesia. “I confirm that we are for slaughter WITH STUNNING. We are not going to prohibit slaughter in the context of religious festivities, but we do want to respect animal welfare,” he tweeted.
The Brussels Times