Tories’ manifesto pledge to protect shechita


The Conservative Party has pledged to protect religious slaughter if it is returned to government in next month’s general election.

The party’s manifesto highlights the issue of shechita and halal food production following increased speculation about the future of the practices in Britain.

“We want people to integrate fully into British society, but that does not mean they should have to give up the things they hold dear in their religion,” the policy document states.

“So while we will always make sure the Food Standards Agency properly regulates the slaughter of livestock and poultry, we will protect methods of religious slaughter, such as shechita and halal.”

David Cameron, who launched the manifesto in Swindon, has repeatedly said his party would protect religious slaughter practices.

The Conservative document also reiterates its long-standing policy on Israel and the Palestinians.

“We will support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, robustly defending the right of Israel to protect its security, while continuing to condemn illegal settlement building, which undermines the prospects for peace,” the manifesto says.

The party also pledges to support persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

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