Shechita safeguarded in government confrontation

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

The shechita defence campaign has welcomed the government’s decision to resist pressure from animal rights groups and maintain religious slaughter in the UK.

After a consultation carried out last autumn, the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has concluded that “existing rules will be retained in relation to religious slaughter” for Muslims and Jews.


UK government proposes no changes to rules on shechitah

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2013

The government is proposing no major changes to rules governing shechitah and religious slaughter after a public consultation.

Animal rights groups renewed calls for prohibiting the slaughter of animals without stunning before any cut.


Poland plans protection for shechita in law

By Nissan Tzur, May 2, 2013

Poland is a step closer to enshrining the ritual slaughter of animals in law.

The Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, announced last week that his government had submitted a draft of new regulations that will allow kosher and halal slaughter, while reducing the suffering of the animals.


No complacency

March 28, 2013

The timing could not be more pointedly awful. Just one week after we reported that, in the wake of the horse meat scandal, the government was turning to the kashrut authorities for advice about securing the food chain, we reveal that nearly half the population want to ban shechita. Our poll, which was carried out last week, is stark in its brutality.


Forty five per cent of Britons ready to ban shechita

By Simon Rocker, March 27, 2013

Almost half the population favour a ban on religious slaughter of animals for meat and nearly a third want a ban on male circumcision, according to the results of a YouGov poll for the JC.

Asked whether they support or oppose a ban on religious slaughter, 45 per cent back a ban, 27 per cent are against and 28 per cent say they do not know.


Shechita Board picks new boss

By Simon Rocker, March 25, 2013

The London Board for Shechita, which licences kosher meat for the capital, has appointed a new chief executive.


Kosher meat protected from horsemeat scandal

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2013

There is no danger of horse DNA being found in kosher meat, consumers have been told following the scandal which hit non-kosher products this week.

Horse DNA and traces of pork were found in beefburgers sold in major British supermarkets, including Tesco, and produced by an Irish abattoir which was once a leading kosher meat facility. Much of the meat was subsequently withdrawn from sale.


Making light of a meaty issue

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 3, 2013

In November I participated in a debate held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre and billed as "a thought-provoking and provocative evening about the relationship between Jews, meat and shechitah (ritual slaughter)". The evening was undoubtedly thought-provoking and certainly provocative.


Shechita board takes advice over 'market dominance' concerns

By Simon Rocker, December 28, 2012

The London Board for Shechita is taking advice over competition law amid concern about the potential market dominance of two butchers.

It is consulting solicitors following the receipt of applications from two licensees to open what would be, in each case, their fifth kosher meat shop.


Determination will beat threat to rituals

By Shimon Cohen, December 27, 2012

In 2012 both shechita and milah came under attack across Europe.

We faced a serious attack on shechita in Poland and worked very hard with the exceptional Chief Rabbi Schudrich, to protect it. Here, Shechita UK has been vigilant as the Government prepares to replace existing legislation with EU Regulation 1099 on the Protection of Animals at the Time of Killing.