Ukip in apparent backtrack over shechita ban

By JCReporter, February 4, 2015

Ukip leaders are now backtracking over the party’s decision to ban non-stun religious slaughter and appear to be engaged in a partial reversal of their previous reversal of policy.

In the latest UKIP statement, Paul Nuttall, an MEP and the Ukip deputy leader, says that he was “surprised” when the party’s National Executive Committee agreed to the ban earlier this week.


Jewish Ukip candidate threatens to resign over religious slaughter policy

By Sandy Rashty, February 4, 2015

The Ukip candidate standing in one of the UK’s most Jewish constituencies has threatened to resign unless the party reverses its ban on non-stun slaughter.

Jeremy Zeid, who is standing for Ukip in Hendon, north-west London, made the comments after the party announced it would ban non-stun slaughter.


Ukip’s agriculture spokesman says he did not want shechita ban policy

By Sandy Rashty, February 3, 2015

A senior Ukip member has claimed that the party’s ban on non-stun slaughter, announced today, was against his wishes.

MEP Stuart Agnew, the party’s agricultural spokesman, said: “We are a democratic party and I couldn’t get enough support. They didn’t like my tolerance of non-stunning.


Ukip back ban on shechita in policy u-turn

By Sandy Rashty, February 3, 2015

Ukip has reversed its policy on shechita by backing a ban on non-stun slaughter of animals.

The party is the first to support animal rights groups demanding an end to the practice in kosher and halal abattoirs.


British Veterinary Association attacked for ‘obsession’ with banning shechita

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2015

A communal leader has criticised the British Veterinary Association for being “obsessed” with attacking religious slaughter.

Shimon Cohen, campaign director of Shechita UK, said the BVA’s focus on the issue was preventing the organisation from tackling more serious animal welfare concerns.


EU delay means new wait for shechitah ruling

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

A decision on the labelling of kosher meat products is unlikely to be made before next spring, after the results of a Europe-wide investigation have once again been delayed.
The British government is expected to give the go-ahead for additional labelling for animals slaughtered according to the shechita process during 2015.


Polish court rules shechita ban is ‘against human rights’

By Orlando Radice, December 10, 2014

The was relief across Europe this week as Poland’s constitutional court ruled that the country’s ban on shechita ran against both the country’s basic laws and the European Convention on Human Rights.


No move to ban shechita, MP promises

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2014


Animal welfare campaigners in the House of Commons will not seek a vote to ban shechita in Britain, a leading MP has promised.

There is no intention of following the example of anti-Israel backbenchers who forced through a ballot on Palestinian statehood, Neil Parish, chair of a group investigating kosher and halal slaughter, confirmed.


Parliament debates kosher and halal slaughtering methods

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2014

More animals slaughtered for food in Britain should undergo stunning before they are killed, an MP investigating kosher and halal practices has urged.

Neil Parish said the government must continue its research into shechita and other religious meat production procedures during a debate in Parliament.


Anti-shechita tests rejected by campaigners

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

Campaigners have rejected scientific tests which claimed to undermine one of the key justifications for the religious slaughter of animals.

Shechita UK said the findings had "no meaningful impact on the debate" about the production of kosher meat.