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July 19, 2013 2:15 pm

Polish Jews Continue Shechita Despite Ban on Ritual Slaughter

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Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.0rg – The Polish-Jewish community is still practicing shechita (kosher slaughter), despite a January legal ban on ritual slaughter passed by the country’s parliament, the Sejm. Last week, a bill that would have created an exception to the ban, thus re-legalizing both kosher and halal slaughter, was voted down in the Sejm, 222-178.

American-born Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich told the Jerusalem Post, “I have no hesitation to do shechita. When it becomes necessary we certainly will do shechita [again] because I believe it’s legal.”

Polish Minister of Administration and Digitization Michael Bon, who deals with religious issues, has recommended the re-examining of the ritual slaughter ban to see whether it contradicts the Polish constitution’s prohibition against violating freedom of religious worship.

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  • Peter Hitchins

    It has been banned by many countries and for good reason . It is cruel, no doubt about it. This and the halal method of slaughter was an advancement on what was going on at that time ( thou shalt not cut a limb off a living creature ) but humanity has moved on and the supposed religious methods are now long outdated. With a small animal or bird, not too bad but with a large animal, totally unacceptable. If the scenes in a kosher or halal slaughter house involving the killing of cows were to be shown on TV, the whole world would be up in arms. Why do you think it is kept hidden from human view, too distasteful, too dreadful by modern standards, too and unnecessarily cruel. And by Judaic law, one animal is not supposed to be killed in the sight of another, but that rule is hardly ever abided by. All slaughter is bad and it must be done with as little cruelty as possible. Humanity demands it.