Poland allows kosher slaughter for religious purposes

The Polish parliament, pictured, has decided to allow the kosher slaughter of animals for Jewish religious purposes. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The Polish parliament (Sejm) has decided to allow the kosher slaughter of animals for Jewish religious purposes after having forbidden the practice in November of 2012. But kosher slaughter will still be forbidden if conducted for commercial purposes.

“The Sejm did the right thing by clarifying the murky legal situation of kosher slaughter in Poland and by backing shechita for local communities’ consumption,” said World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer. “We hope this statement will help to put to rest the controversy over shechita—which Jews hold to be a crucial religious freedom.”

Last July, the Sejm voted against a proposal to exempt kosher and halal slaughter from the requirement to stun the animals prior to killing them.

Posted on April 3, 2014 .