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 Much of the meat was subsequently withdrawn from sale.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.


Polish shift on shechita

By Nissan Tzur, December 20, 2012

In the wake of a ruling last month that ritual slaughter was unconstitutional, the Polish Ministry of Agriculture has proposed an amendment to the law on animal welfare in order to protect the practice.

Parliament is scheduled to vote on the proposed change next month.


Polish court sets stage for shechitah ban

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

A Polish constitutional court has opened the door to a ban on religious slaughter methods in the country in a decision on Tuesday.

The ruling in a Warsaw court states that the current exemption for Jews and Muslims from stunning animals before they are killed, as kashrut laws require, is unconstitutional.


Dutch anti-Islam party criticised for supporting shechita ban

September 13, 2012

The Dutch anti-Islamist Freedom Party, which receives financial backing from American Jewish groups, has been criticised for supporting a shechitah ban.


Case for circumcision can be argued without invective

By Josh Glancy, August 2, 2012

The consequences of the recent court ruling in Cologne criminalising religious circumcision continue to reverberate around Europe. Last week, hospitals in Switzerland and Austria suspended the procedure. The debate over the merits and morals of the practice rumbles on.


Resist this dogma

June 14, 2012

Just as no one objects to the labelling of meat slaughtered by shechitah - it is the singling out of kosher (and halal) meat which is so iniquitous - so no one can object to a genuinely independent inquiry into kosher methods of slaughter. We have nothing to fear from an objective investigation.


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.