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Polish Court Rules Against Ritual Slaughter

The court killed a Polish government allowance for Jewish and Muslim slaghtering.
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A constitutional court in Poland reportedly has ruled against allowing Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter in that country.

The Warsaw court’s ruling, which was made known on Tuesday, said the government had acted unconstitutionally when it exempted Jews and Muslims from stunning animals before slaughtering them as their faiths require, according to Piotr Kadlcik, president of the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland.

Kadlcik told JTA that in addition to the special exception announced by the Polish Ministry of Agriculture, Jewish ritual slaughter—shechitah—is permissible under the 1997 Law on Regulating the Relations between the State and the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland.

“It appears there is a legal contradiction here and it is too early to tell what this means,” he said. “We are seeking legal advice on this right now.”

Poland has approximately 6,000 Jews, according to the European Jewish Congress.

According to Kadlcik, Poland has no kosher slaughterhouses but locally slaughtered kosher meat is nonetheless served at kosher canteens across the country.

“I’m not sure we will be able to keep serving meat there,” he said.

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11 Responses to “Polish Court Rules Against Ritual Slaughter”

  1. Is anyone really surprised?

  2. Is anyone really surprised?

  3. This may be among the greatest obscenities of history. Now they want to stop slaughter. Not in 1939 1940 1041 1942 1943 1944 or even after the war in 1945 but now.

  4. Yehuda Alan says:

    This very disturbing. Why don't all the Jews leave then. What is there to accomplish there. They killed nearly every Jew during WWII. Why stay there? It is a dead country.

  5. Yehuda Alan says:

    You would think they would be xtra nice to the Jews, but even so, could it possibly make up for all the destruction that occured there. The Poles are being insensitive to not allow shechita. I hope the Jews win this one. Hashem should put some light into the people who make decisions over there to make them realize that kosher slaughter is actually more humane than stunning first which causes the animal unnessicary xtra pain.

  6. Dzeny Luk says:

    Why are you lying? You are stupid or just sleep on history lessons?
    Germans kills Jews in camp. My grandfather was hiding Jews family during WWII but after reading your commentary I must ask him why.

  7. Anya Khan says:

    Another neo-Nazi wins again.

  8. Rubin Katz says:

    In view of the ruling by a Polish court to ban Shechita, I recall as a boy in Poland, it was the custom in the countryside to slaughter a pig for festive occasions and invite neighbours to partake. This was not done by a qualified shochet (slaughterer) but by the peasants themselves. I wonder if the Poles have banned this custom as well?

  9. Alfonso Soued says:

    We should boicott polish sausages, polish cakes, polished shoes….. What else we should expect from the slaughter land were the biggest massacre of jews took place?

  10. Poland welcomed people of Jewish Faith for a thousand years and took in those tossed from other countries. Germany and its Nazi Regime is responsible for the execution of 6 million Polish Citizens, half of which were Ethnic Poles and half Jewish Poles.

  11. Poland welcomed people of Jewish Faith for a thousand years and took in those tossed from other countries. Germany and its Nazi Regime is responsible for the execution of 6 million Polish Citizens, half of which were Ethnic Poles and half Jewish Poles.

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