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Chief rabbi: animal Nazis might be anti-Semites

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 6, 2008 | 10:05 am

Israel’s chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, thinks animal rights organizations might be disguising anti-Semitism as grievances with kosher slaughering.

“There are different and odd foods like seafood, which are prepared with serious abuse, but for some reason these organizations are only heard when it comes to Jewish slaughter.

“Koshering organizations in the United States have told me that they were being similarly attacked by these organizations for the prevention of cruelty to animals. They told me that these organizations have serious influence and great power in the United States, and that they use this to present the Jews as cruel people and to make other anti-Semitic accusations. If this attack continues, Jewish slaughter is in danger,” Rabbi Metzger said.

The same remarks were made in a booklet handed to the meeting attendees.

“We are living in a reality in which the issue of animals’ rights gets a lot of media and public attention. At the same time, different elements are attempting to cancel the Jewish slaughter or make different conditions to disqualify it.

“This compels us to ensure that we do not, God forbid, reach a situation in which those who provoke us will overpower us and the Jewish slaughter will be banned for so-called ‘humane’ reasons, something which might influence other countries and have very grave results,” the booklet stated.

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