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June 6, 2012 9:30 am

Jews, Muslims Welcome Shechita Compromise in Netherlands

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Shechita/Kosher slaughter of a chicken. Photo: Yofial.

Radio Netherlands – Earlier today the deputy minister said he was proud of the agreement, calling it a solution that ensured that animals were slaughtered in a humane manner. The new, stricter regulations call on the slaughterer to determine if each and every animal can be ritually slaughtered, furthermore, once an animal has had its throat cut, it must lose consciousness within 40 seconds otherwise a veterinary surgeon will anaesthetise the animal.

The Torah calls on all Jews to treat animals humanely and Ronnie Eisenman, chair of Amsterdam’s Jewish Community, says it is positive that all the commotion and heated arguments have led to this positive result and the confirmation of long-granted religious freedoms.

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