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Partial victory in New Zealand in fight over shechitah ban

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/partial_victory_in_new_zealand_in_fight_over_shechitah_ban_20101130

A controversial ban on kosher slaughter by New Zealand's agriculture minister has been partially reversed amid allegations that his decision was taken to appease Muslim countries that have lucrative trade relations with New Zealand. The reversal marked only a partial victory for the Jewish community: While the ban on kosher slaughter of poultry was suspended and a deal on kosher lamb is still being negotiated, the ban on beef is expected to remain in place. That means kosher beef will have to be imported from Australia. New Zealand Jewish Council President Stephen Goodman, who had described the ban as "a direct threat to our existence," said the partial reversal was a "small victory confirming our rights to practice as Jews in New Zealand.

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