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Dutch government plans to regulate ritual slaughter
The Times of Israel ^ | 10/6/2012 | Cnaan Liphshiz

Posted on 10/06/2012 6:38:09 AM PDT by markomalley

The Dutch government is drafting a decree that would give the government veto power over anyone who wants to practice ritual slaughter, or shechita, in the Netherlands.

The draft decree, which was signed by Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker, was drawn up by the government to end two years of uncertainty about the future of the practice in the Netherlands. The Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad published the contents of the draft decree on Friday.

“If veterinarians are put in charge of shechita, then before long it would basically stop shechita in the Netherlands,” Amsterdam Chief Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag told JTA.

The decree Bleker formulated was based largely on a contract his office signed in June with representatives of the Jewish and Muslim communities.

The contract constituted the Dutch government’s compromise on regulating ritual slaughter. The Dutch lower house passed a total ban last year, but it was scrapped by the Senate out of consideration for freedom of worship. The ban was on all slaughter of conscious animals — a requirement of Jewish and Muslim law.

The contract said animals that are still conscious after 40 seconds of the cutting of their throats would be stunned, which would render them unusable for kosher or halal purposes. It introduced regulations as to the size of the knife used and where the animal’s neck would be cut, but did not say a veterinarian would oversee the procedure.

Earlier this week, Ralbag wrote to Bleker to ask that the minister wait until Nov. 1 before issuing any final decree. Bleker, a member of a caretaker government, is expected to be replaced in the coming weeks.

Ralbag said he needed more time to formulate his concerns about the draft. He has not received the minister’s answer to his request, he said.

Ralbag had said the contract, signed by the Organization of the Jewish Communities in the Netherlands, was “flawed” and warned it could ultimately eliminate the practice. He added, however, it did not contradict Halacha, the Jewish Orthodox law.

Last month, Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said the contract was a “model” for ensuring religious freedom in Europe.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government

1 posted on 10/06/2012 6:38:13 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

What about Muslims? Don’t they have similar rituals doe animal slaughter, or is this only for Jews?

2 posted on 10/06/2012 6:49:32 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: markomalley

Hasn’t the Netherlands legalized euthanasia? That’s the culture of death’s ritualized slaughter...

3 posted on 10/06/2012 6:56:59 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

The whole point is that along with the ban on circumcision, a ban on kosher food will effectively outlaw Judaism in Europe. (Several other countries are considering similar laws.)

(60 years after the Holocaust, Judaism will at last be outlawed—by progressive thinkers and socialist governments...)

Freedom? In Europe? LOL!

4 posted on 10/06/2012 7:56:14 AM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: CondorFlight

How are they going to manage that without also outlawing islam? islam seems to be a very well-protected special interest while all other religions are under attack.

5 posted on 10/06/2012 8:53:49 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: MasterGunner01

Kosher=Halal=Slaughter=Crappy Tasting Meat

6 posted on 10/06/2012 9:45:49 AM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (47%, pull off the leeches in 2012!)
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To: MasterGunner01

From the article:

“The ban was on all slaughter of conscious animals — a requirement of Jewish and Muslim law.”

7 posted on 10/06/2012 10:06:22 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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