Forces of darkness

July 1, 2011

It is tempting to think that the Dutch shechitah ban is, as Lord Sacks put it, "a dark day in Dutch history" but of no real concern to us. We are, after all, a very different society from the Netherlands. But that would be a grave mistake. Because the opponents of shechitah have the wind beneath their sails and for them the Dutch ban is simply another victory.


The First Cut: kosher killing ban shocks Jews

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

The Netherlands was accused this week of following Nazi precedent by voting to outlaw the kosher slaughter of animals in a move which has shocked Jewish communities across Europe.

By 116 votes to 30, the Dutch Parliament called for a ban on religious slaughter without pre-stunning - which effectively prohibits shechitah as well as the production of halal meat for some of Holland's Muslims.



Dutch vote to ban kosher slaughter

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2011

The Dutch parliament has voted to approve a ban on kosher and halal slaughter, after intense lobbying by animal rights groups.


Brit critic is ejected from Board position

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

An Oxford student has been removed from her position on the Board of Deputies after she wrote an article calling for a ban on circumcision.

New West End Synagogue, a United Synagogue congregation, revoked Rebecca Steinfeld's seat at the Board as an under-35s observer after she referred to circumcision as "male genital mutilation" in an article she co-authored in the Guardian last week.

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Vote at EU is new threat to Shechitah

By Simon Rocker, April 28, 2011

Shechitah defence activists stepped up lobbying this week after Euro-MPs raised a fresh threat by voting again for meat labels to state if an animal has not been stunned before slaughter.


Shechita sophistry

April 28, 2011

Despite the lobbying attempts of Shechita UK, an amendment was passed last week at the European Parliament which would, if it became law, force the labelling of meat from animals killed according to the rules of Judaism and Islam.


Shechitah under fire in EU

By Robyn Rosen and Esther Voet, April 14, 2011

The Conservative MEP accused of discrimination after he made new attempts to label kosher meat has withdrawn the plan.

Struan Stevenson, who represents Scotland in the European Parliament, has pulled an amendment to the food information bill calling for kosher meat to be labelled "this product comes from an animal slaughtered by the shechitah method", and the equivalent for halal.


Struan Stevenson MEP on Shechitah

April 14, 2011
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The MEP whose plans were last week branded the "21st century equivalent of the yellow star" on the slaughter of animals for kosher meat


Dutch fears over vote on kosher meat

By Esther Voet, April 7, 2011

An international coalition of rabbis and Jewish leaders has joined the Dutch Jewish community in lobbying against a bill to ban shechitah, which is due to be voted on next week.

The proposal to ban all slaughter that does not involve any form of pre-stunning was introduced by the Party for Animals (PvdD).


Brigitte Bardot campaigns to ban shechitah in France

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2011

Actress Brigitte Bardot has launched a campaign to ban the religious slaughter of animals in France.

Ms Bardot, along with six other animal rights groups, aims to put up more than 2,000 posters encouraging the government to outlaw both the Jewish practice of shechitah and the Muslim method, halal, of killing animals.

The posters include a graphic image of a cow’s head.

Ms Bardot, 76, wants religious slaughter to be replaced “to prevent animals suffering."