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London - British and French Chief Rabbis Call on EU to Protect 'Shechitah'

Published on: April 1, 2009 01:12 PM
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London - The Chief Rabbis of western Europe’s largest Jewish communities have called on the European Union to protect Jewish rights as the EU institutions prepare to bring in new legislation concerning animals at the time of slaughter.

At a meeting in London on Monday, Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Synagogues of the British Commonwealth and Associate President of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), and Chief Rabbi of France Gilles Bernheim, called on EU member states to protect Jewish methods of slaughter, called “shechita”, and not seek to place Europe’s Jewish communities outside the pale.

“Shechita, the Jewish humane method of the slaughter of animals for food, has long been accepted as a fundamental right for Europe’s Jewish citizens. The acceptance of religious practices by minority cultures in society is one of the pillars upon which Europe preserves its liberal and democratic character,” Chief Rabbi Sacks said.

A draft regulation concerning animal slaughter methods was initially presented by the European Commission last year. If accepted at the Council of Ministers meeting in June, this could allow certain member states to forcibly require stunning of animals, effectively banning shechita in those countries.
“We call upon our national governments to protect the fundamental rights of their Jewish citizens,” Chief Rabbi Bernheim said.

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“We are fortunate that our own governments are taking positive stands on this issue but in a Europe of 27 member states, the vote of all countries in support of Jewish rights is equally vital,“he added..


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 Apr 01, 2009 at 12:18 PM Anonymous Says:

It would be very expensive to have to import all meat and chicken into Europe. They may decide to exempt only "Chasideshe Shechita" from the new EU directive since it is known to be more humane than other forms of Schechita.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 01:34 PM Milhouse Says:

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Anonymous Says:

It would be very expensive to have to import all meat and chicken into Europe. They may decide to exempt only "Chasideshe Shechita" from the new EU directive since it is known to be more humane than other forms of Schechita.

How so?

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 02:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Be aware when the anti Schechita guys present their case they do quote Jewish web sites, even bloggers

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 04:46 PM We want meat ! Says:

Yidden want meat ! HKBH said to Bnai Yisrael to honor the Shobbos with meat. Therefore, I want my kosher meat on shobbos and chicken for dinner every night during the week. I love meat and will eat lots sandwhiches every week. Thank you for joining with me to protect our right to eat meat !!!
Mr. Yiddishe Meat Eater

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 09:27 PM Anonymous Says:

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We want meat ! Says:

Yidden want meat ! HKBH said to Bnai Yisrael to honor the Shobbos with meat. Therefore, I want my kosher meat on shobbos and chicken for dinner every night during the week. I love meat and will eat lots sandwhiches every week. Thank you for joining with me to protect our right to eat meat !!!
Mr. Yiddishe Meat Eater

There is no "honor" for eating meat on shabbos...it will kill you and pikuach nefesh trumps shabbos...a vegetarian chulent is what the ebeshter wants you to eat..

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 11:43 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

There is no "honor" for eating meat on shabbos...it will kill you and pikuach nefesh trumps shabbos...a vegetarian chulent is what the ebeshter wants you to eat..

We're talking about kosher meat trust $e that won't kill you. Only the chazerei that you eat kills.

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 Apr 01, 2009 at 11:17 PM Milhouse Says:

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Anonymous Says:

There is no "honor" for eating meat on shabbos...it will kill you and pikuach nefesh trumps shabbos...a vegetarian chulent is what the ebeshter wants you to eat..

'Zat so? Funny that He didn't say so. Funny that you know better than all the tano'im and amoro'im, ge'onim, rishonim, and achronim.

Lechem veyayin tov, BOSOR VEDOGIM. Tarnegolim mefutomim, barburim, slov, vedogim. Bavokor uvatzon uvayayin uvashechor.

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 Apr 02, 2009 at 01:35 PM Anonymous Says:

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Milhouse Says:

'Zat so? Funny that He didn't say so. Funny that you know better than all the tano'im and amoro'im, ge'onim, rishonim, and achronim.

Lechem veyayin tov, BOSOR VEDOGIM. Tarnegolim mefutomim, barburim, slov, vedogim. Bavokor uvatzon uvayayin uvashechor.

that bloger is not a yid

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