Claims of new kosher meat operation prompt concern over communal unity

By Simon Rocker, March 9, 2015

The Federation of Synagogues has been accused of trying to launch a separate shechita operation in conflict with the supervising body for London’s mainstream kosher meat market.

Benjamin Mire, the president of the London Board for Shechita (LBS), has written to Federation president Andrew Cohen to express concern and disappointment at what he called “shocking matters”.


Ukip 'idiots' over shechita

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

A Jewish Ukip candidate branded his party's National Executive Committee "idiots" after the policy on kosher slaughter was reversed for the fourth time.

Jeremy Zeid, Ukip's parliamentary candidate for Hendon, attacked the NEC after it voted 6:5 for a ban on the non-stun slaughter of animals on Monday.


Public overwhelmingly want end to religious slaughter, MP tells shechita debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on the future of shechita has seen MPs put forward robust defences of kosher and halal religious slaughtering practises.

A three-hour session in Westminster Hall heard from more than a dozen speakers from across the political spectrum.


Anti-shechita campaigners are 'obsessed', says Jewish group

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2015

The British Veterinary Association is “negligent, obsessed and politically driven” in its campaign against religious slaughter, according to a group which works to protect kosher meat production.

Shechita UK said the BVA was guilty of “hypocrisy” in its efforts to highlight animal welfare.


Shechita appeal

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition calling for the continued protection of religious slaughter in Britain.

Manchester's Jewish Representative Council and the city's Muslim Jewish Forum created the petition this week.

The move comes ahead of a parliamentary debate due to take place on Monday at which MPs will discuss the future of non-stun slaughter.


Shechita troubles

February 11, 2015

Another week, another shechita story.

Last week it was UKIP, The Times and the BVA. Now it’s another parliamentary debate, only a few months after the last. For the moment, these are fringe activities. But there does seem to be momentum behind the campaigners’ efforts. Both main party leaders, and both main parties, are committed to protecting shechita. But politics is never set in stone.


MPs set to debate shechita

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2015

Shechita is set to come under renewed political attack at a parliamentary debate on Monday week.

It has been prompted by a petition launched by the British Veterinary Association calling for the prohibition of animal slaughter without pre-stunning – a move which would effectively end shechita.


Ukip in shechita shambles

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

UKIP's efforts to attract Jewish voters are in chaos after it first reversed its policy on religious slaughter - and then appeared to make a partial reversal of that reversal.


Why the real threat comes from EU labelling proposal

By Simon Rocker, February 5, 2015

A few weeks ago the Supreme Court of Poland slapped down a parliamentary recommendation to introduce a ban on shechita, declaring that it would contravene human rights and amount to discrimination against the country's Jews. Shechita defence campaigners consider it a gold-standard ruling in protecting religious freedom.


Meaty fall-out as shechita board rejects Fed proposal

By Simon Rocker, February 5, 2015

The London Board for Shechita has rejected a plan from the Federation of Synagogues to introduce a new mehadrin range of meat.