Shechita – the Jewish religious humane method of animal slaughter for food

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Analysis: by Henry Grunwald

I suppose Neville Chamberlain might have described New Zealand as “a small, far-away country” but New Zealand’s new animal welfare code could have a major effect on this side of the world. The code requires animals slaughtered for commercial... read more

Label or Libel, asks Chanoch Kesselman

The recent European vote for all shechita meat not used by Jews to be labelled as produced “from unstunned slaughter” has been heralded by consumer groups, veterinary associations and animal welfare councils as a welcome move. As one prominent veterinarian put it, “We... read more

New Zealand: STRIKE OUT THE BAN!

The very disturbing news that the New Zealand government has outlawed all food animal Shechita is bound to have reverberations in other countries. The Shechita ban places New Zealand in the rogue’s gallery alongside such other “Shechita-banners” as Norway, Finland,... read more

GETTING RELIGIOUS WITH SLAUGHTER by Dr Temple Grandin

When religious slaughter is being evaluated from an animal-welfare standpoint, the variable of the restraint method must be separated from the variable of slaughter without stunning. Many plants have replaced cruel shackling and hoisting of conscious animals with... read more

Facts About Shechita

Jewish law states that, if meat is to be eaten, Jews are required to dispatch an animal in a prescribed humane way. Shechita is the only method permitted by Jewish law to enable Jews to eat meat. The procedure consists of a rapid and expert transverse incision with an... read more
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