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Warsaw - Report: Poland To Vote On Restricting Kosher Meat Exports

Published on: February 12, 2018 10:01 AM
By: JTA
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FILE - A worker cuts carcasses into pieces in the Biernacki Meat Plant slaughterhouse in Golina near Jarocin western Poland July 17, 2013. REUTERSFILE - A worker cuts carcasses into pieces in the Biernacki Meat Plant slaughterhouse in Golina near Jarocin western Poland July 17, 2013. REUTERS

Warsaw - The Polish parliament is preparing to vote on a bill that proposes to limit the export of kosher meat, a European Jewish lobby group said.

The 48-page bill on animal welfare is neither focused on the ritual slaughter of animals — which was in 2013 was banned in Poland but legalized again due to a high court ruling in 2014 – nor does it propose to ban the custom anew, according to the Jewish Association of Europe. But it does to propose “restrictions on exporting kosher meat from Poland, which would affect a very large part of the Jewish communities in Europe,” the EJA said in a statement Monday.

Polish kosher and halal abattoirs are a major source of meat for retailers across the European Union and beyond.

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Violation of the restrictions, which the EJA did not specify, may lead to four years in jail. The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, is scheduled to vote on the bill this week, according to EJA.

The bill would also prohibit slaughtering animals when they are “in an unnatural state,” a stipulation which is though to mean when they are standing up. This “makes it very difficult to perform kosher slaughter due to some kashrut laws that forbid to apply any pressure on the knife to protect the animal from unnecessary pain,” EJA Chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin said. Preventing this pressure “is not possible when the animal is standing, and its head is leaning heavily on the knife,” he added.

Opponents of ritual slaughter of animals say that the kosher and halal methods are cruel, though advocates of the methods reject this. Both in Judaism and in Islam, animals must be conscious when their necks are cut for their meat to be allowed for consumption for observant individuals following those faiths. Judaism has a greater number of restrictions than Islam on who may slaughter animals and how.

“These restrictions on kosher slaughter are in complete contradiction to the principle of freedom of religion of the European Union,” Margolin said. “The situation in Poland is unacceptable,” he added. Margolin;’s statement also noted the passing last week of a bill that criminalizes suggesting that the Polish state or nation are responsible for crimes carried out by the Nazis during World War II. The State of Israel, the United States and many Jewish groups worldwide oppose the legislation.



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 Feb 12, 2018 at 10:27 AM Judith Says:

Jews are still not welcome in Europe . Nothing will ever change

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 Feb 12, 2018 at 11:40 AM Educated Archy Says:

Tell the pollaks that tolerating death camps in you midst is cruel was well. You pollaks played a role in the death of my ancestors. You are the cruel ones not the shochtim.

yimach shimo.

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 Feb 12, 2018 at 03:09 PM Anonymous Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Tell the pollaks that tolerating death camps in you midst is cruel was well. You pollaks played a role in the death of my ancestors. You are the cruel ones not the shochtim.

yimach shimo.

So correctly stated! To a miserable pollack a lid has no worth. It is evidenced time & time again by the actions of their government. And yet heimishe yidden bring these anti-semites into their homes to work & steal from them, entrust the care of their children to them. Shame on you.

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 Feb 12, 2018 at 06:56 PM StevenWright Says:

Q: What did Yoshka say to the Polish people?
A: "Play dumb till I get back."

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