New Zealand’s new Animal Welfare (Commercial Slaughter) Code has banned kosher slaughtering by requiring that all animals slaughtered commercially be stunned prior to killing. The law still allows kosher meat to be imported from other countries.
Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence of Sydney’s the Great Synagogue has denounced the law as based on “misplaced values, bad science and bad legislation.”
Our own Humane Slaughter Act (7 U.S.C. 1901),exempts ritual slaughter. See Jones v. Butz, 374 F. Supp. 1284 (S.D.N.Y. 1974); aff’d, 95 S.Ct. 22 319 US 806, 42 L.Ed.2d 806 (1974).
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