shechita

There's no threat to shechitah here

March 13, 2014

Another month, another attempt to curtail the right of Jews — and Muslims — to practise our religions. This time the threat is led by the president-elect of the British Veterinary Association. John Blackwell is simply wrong to assert that he has animal welfare on his side. Animal welfare is at the heart of shechita — which is more than can be said for some alternative slaughter methods.

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A shechita ban would cost votes

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

While Jewish campaigners have felt anxious about threats to religious slaughter for years, they have remained assured by politicians’ pledges to defend the practice.

Concern will now mount, however, that British Veterinary Association president-elect John Blackwell’s remarks have made shechita a talking point 14 months before a general election.

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There are fundamental differences between shechita and halal slaughtering

By Alan Montague, March 13, 2014

Whenever religious slaughter makes the headlines, both shechita and dhabihah (the term used for halal slaughter) tend to be considered as two sides of the same coin. Yet there are fundamental differences.

The vast majority of halal meat (between 80 and 90 per cent) is mechanically stunned just as it would be at a conventional slaughterhouse.

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Kosher slaughter does not cause more suffering

By Stuart Rosen, March 13, 2014

There is ample scientific evidence that shechita is at least as humane as conventional slaughter. The speed and precision of the incision results in immediate loss of consciousness.

Blood-flow to the brain is halted; blood empties rapidly from the brain and irreversible cessation of consciousness and insensibility to pain are achieved, providing a most effective stun.

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British vet condemned over shechita attack

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

Shechita campaigners have attempted to play down the impact of comments made by the leader of the country’s vets after he suggested religious slaughter should be banned in Britain.

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Tory MP claims shechita is un-British

By Naomi Firsht, March 7, 2014

A Tory MP has attacked shechita as against everything Britain stands for.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, who is also secretary of the associate parliamentary group for animal welfare, said Jewish and Muslim methods of religious slaughter were imported foreign traditions that were unacceptable in the UK.

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Beware - the RSPCA is being disingenuous over shechitah

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 6, 2014

At the end of January, the government’s Transparency of Lobbying bill received the Royal Assent.

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Peers, fears, and shechita

By Daniel Finkelstein, February 21, 2014

The other day, the House of Lords turned its attention to shechita. If I hadn’t been a member of the House I’m sure I would have missed it. It was a shock to realise that something that matters a huge amount in people’s lives could come and go without much attention.

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All-party group helps MPs to define strategy

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Its launch was mired in cross-communal argument, but a parliamentary group promoting Jewish issues has made a successful start with a series of briefings during its first five months.

Members led the defence of religious slaughter in a Lords debate last month and the group has helped Charedi Jews challenge the government over planned welfare and benefit changes.

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Denmark bans shechita to 'put animal rights before religion'

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

The Danish government has banned shechita, saying "animal rights come before religion".

Denmark's Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen yesterday signed a regulation preventing Danish slaughterhouses from applying for an exemption to pre-stunning, which effectively bans any religious slaughter in the country.

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