Saturday, February 15, 2014

Illegal Kosher Slaughtering Reportedly Continuing In Poland

As previously reported, in Poland a 2012 court decision which Parliament refused to reverse effectively banned kosher and halal slaughter by eliminating an exemption from the requirement that animals be stunned before they are killed.  Previously some $400 million per year of kosher and halal meat exports had benefited the Polish economy.  JTA reported this week, however, that kosher slaughtering is continuing in three Polish slaughterhouses. The firms are certifying to the government that the animals are stunned before slaughter, a representation that is false if the requirements for kosher slaughtering have been met.  Poland's chief rabbi has suspended an aide who was responsible for the misrepresentations, pending an investigation.