Farming minister: Shechitah to be reviewed

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2012

The Food and Farming Minister, who described kosher slaughter as "wholly unacceptable", has promised the forthcoming public consultation on animal welfare will include a review of the rules concerning shechitah.


Dutch government cuts fresh deal on shechitah

By Jackson Wolfe, June 7, 2012

Shechita UK was this week looking carefully at the details of a new agreement between the Dutch government and the Jewish and Muslim communities of the Netherlands, which offers protection of religious freedom for kosher and halal slaughter while improving animal welfare.


Little Jerusalem still flowers in Pitigliano

By Dany Mitzman, May 3, 2012

The best way to arrive in Pitigliano is by night. As you round the last bend to the top of the hill which faces Pitigliano across the valley, the town suddenly looms up out of the tufa rock on which it's built: an enchanted fairyland, a Little Jerusalem.


French politicians round on kosher slaughter

By Michel Zlotowski, March 8, 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy appeared to be trying to out-play far-right leader Marine Le Pen at her own game last Sunday when he told a Bordeaux crowd: "Let us recognise the right for everyone to know what they are eating…

"Meat should be labelled according to the way the animal is slaughtered," he added.


Dutch compromise over kosher slaughter ban

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

The Dutch government will not ban shechitah or halal slaughter outright, but said it would draw up new guidelines in an attempt to satisfy animal rights activists.

The government announced this week it would appoint a commission to set out tighter procedures for slaughter.


Shechitah set to be saved in Netherlands

By Esther Voet and Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The proposed ban on kosher and halal slaughter in the Netherlands is now highly unlikely to pass into law in a vote due to take place this Tuesday.


Praise as compromise nears for Dutch kosher meat slaughter ban

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2011

Rabbis and Jewish groups have welcomed the emergence of a deal to block a proposed ban on kosher and halal meat slaughter in the Netherlands.


Senate support falls for Dutch kosher meat ban

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2011

The proposed ban on kosher and halal meat in the Netherlands looks increasingly unlikely to pass at a vote next week.

The ban, which was backed by the Dutch Parliament in June, requires a yes vote from a majority in the Dutch Senate. But there are already hints that members of the Dutch Labour party, who make up the second largest party in the Senate, will not support it.


US politicians urge Dutch to block 'unfair' kosher meat ban

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

A group of leading US congressmen and women from both the Republican and Democratic parties have launched an appeal to the Dutch Senate to block legislation that would ban kosher slaughter of animals.


Rabbis in Poland to discuss Dutch kosher meat ban

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2011

Several hundred rabbis are in Poland this week for a conference to discuss issues including the Dutch ban on kosher slaughter of animals.

It is the largest gathering of its type since Poland's Jewish community was decimated by the Nazis.