February 22, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Dutch Authorities Exaggerate Export of Kosher Slaughtered Meat to Make Their Case Against Schechita

Amsterdam - Proposals by Dutch authorities to outlaw the export of kosher meat in 2017 is “distorted and grandstanding,” a Jewish source told Kosher Today. According to this source the total of animals slaughtered weekly for use mostly by the local Jewish community is 60 or 1/10,000 of all animals killed and “there is no significant export trade.” According to the Independent, in Dutch News reports Martijn van Dam, the junior minister for economic affairs, wrote in a letter “I find the current implementation unacceptable. Negative effects on animal welfare must be minimised.” The source further said that this smacks of the vitriol by anti-Semites that “Jews control the world” intimating that there was a large export trade of kosher meat when there is none. Countries like Poland have a significant export trade of meat and that country has pushed back against attempts to ban schechita. Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), dealt with the core of the issue saying that the proposal, “ignores the ample body of scientific evidence” that shechita is a “humane method of animal slaughter.” Goldschmidt claimed it was contrary to the rules of the single market which exists in the European Union “which would render it illegal.” He added, the CER would “support the local community in their efforts to ensure that Europe as a whole is united on this topic.”