Published On: Mon, Oct 27th, 2014

Polish Court to Mull Ban on Kosher Slaughter

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A Polish Constitutional Tribunal will hold a hearing on that country’s ban on kosher slaughter, JTA reported.

The hearing, coinciding with the celebrated opening of Poland’s new Jewish heritage museum, will be held Dec. 3, upon a request that was submitted more than a year ago by the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland.

Piotr Kadlcik, president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, told JTA he hopes “the tribunal will rule on the admissibility of Jewish ritual slaughter on Polish territory. This will eliminate confusion as to the legality or illegality of this kind of slaughter. It also will eliminate rumors that the slaughter is done somewhere illegally. We want it to be done according to religious principles and practices of openness and transparency.”

Kosher slaughter has been banned in Poland as of on Jan. 1, 2013, after Poland’s constitutional court killed an exemption for Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter from the requirement to stun an animal before its slaughter.

According to JTA, last March the National Council of Agricultural Chambers in Poland filed a bill on the slaughter law that would legalize ritual slaughter, to be debated in Parliament following the Constitutional Tribunal’s decision.

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