European Jews Urge Reversal of Polish Shechita Ban

The European Jewish Association (EJA) has called upon Polish and European Union leaders to help reverse a Polish Constitutional Court ruling banning shechita, or kosher slaughter, in the country.

“It has been proven scientifically, that kosher butchering does not allow the animal to feel pain?,” asserted EJA Director General,  Rabbi Menachem Margolin, according to the European Jewish Press (EJP).

He stated that “there have been many experiments, checking the animal’s nervous system activity during Kosher butchering, that proven behind any shadow of doubt that that the animal either doesn’t feel pain because there simply isn’t, or it goes into sudden shock that prevents its brain from feeling anything.”

In a letter to the Polish president and chief Justice, Margolin echoed the sentiments of Jews worldwide, stressing that the ruling of the Polish court has been “so devastating to Jewish welfare and freedom of religion.”


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