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  • Petition in Poland seeks referendum to legalize ritual slaughter

    March 10, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    More than 130,000 Polish voters signed a petition calling for a public referendum on an amendment that would legalize Jewish ritual slaughter, or shechitah, in Poland.

    The petition, circulated by the National Council of Agricultural Chambers, or KRIR, was submitted last week to...

  • Learning kosher slaughter

    January 10, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    “The knife afterwards, what should it look like?” asks Rachel Marder, a first-year rabbinical student studying ritual kosher slaughter. 

    Her instructor, Gabriel Botnick, explains that after killing a chicken in accordance with Jewish law, the knife needn’t be perfectly smooth —...

  • Slovenia, Estonia announce new shechitah restrictions

    October 9, 2012 | 9:38 am

    Slovenia’s National Assembly is set to vote on a proposed ban on all ritual slaughter, which the European Union member country’s government recently submitted for approval.

    Estonia, meanwhile, has reportedly imposed new restrictions on its already stringent slaughter policy.

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  • European rabbis: Shechitah could come under legislative attack in EU

    August 7, 2012 | 10:37 am

    A prominent European rabbinical group has warned that kosher slaughter could come under further attack this year in European Union countries.

    “Many European Jewish communities are not aware that shechitah could be put in danger,” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the...

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  • Dutch Senate ratifies deal allowing shechitah

    June 13, 2012 | 9:40 am

    The Dutch senate voted to approve a deal to allow ritual slaughter in the Netherlands.

    Tuesday’s vote came after leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities in the Netherland signed off on a compromise with the government.

    The agreement signed on June 5 allows ritual slaughter if...

  • Polish president reaffirms right to shechitah

    November 2, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    Polish President Bronisław Komorowski said he supports European Jews’ right to kosher slaughter, or shechitah.

    “In Poland, we are proud to stand firm in supporting the Jewish community’s right to shechitah, and will play our full part in the EU deliberations,” the president...

  • In Dutch shechitah ban, Jews see a sign they are unwanted

    July 7, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    A few streets over from the bookstore where Anne Frank bought her famous diary, the only kosher butcher shop in Holland is bustling. Two employees man the long counter at Slagerij Marcus, pausing from chopping meat to sell customers a bit of this or that for Shabbat dinner.

    In the...

  • European groups slam Dutch shechitah ban

    June 29, 2011 | 10:06 am

    European Jewish groups slammed a decision by the lower house of the Dutch parliament to ban the ritual slaughter of animals.

    The Conference of European Rabbis President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt called the ban an outrage that would prevent Jews from living a Jewish life in The...

  • New Zealand Jews plan to fight for shechitah

    June 28, 2010 | 11:17 am

    Barring a last-minute policy reversal, Jewish leaders in New Zealand appear certain to launch legal action against the government over its controversial new law banning kosher slaughter.

    Six Jewish leaders were granted a 30-minute meeting a week ago with Prime Minister John Key, the...