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Lithuanian pro-shechitah vote welcomed

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Lithuania has enshrined the right of Jews to practise shechita in law.

The Baltic country’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday. permitting the religious slaughter of animals without pre-stunning.

Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said: “We welcome the news that Lithuania has committed to the European ideal that freedom of religion means freedom to practise religion and that Shechita is now permitted there.”

The new law could have economic benefits for the Lithuanian community as neighbouring Poland is currently debating a ban on shechita.

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