Dutch Orthodox Jews reject kosher ban

12th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Amsterdam’s oldest Orthodox Jewish community has written to Prime Minister Mark Rutte saying it must preserve its ancient traditions and continue to butcher livestock according to kosher rules.

The Dutch parliament will soon debate a bill intended to put an end to the Islamic and Jewish practice of ritual slaughter in which animals are not stunned before they are killed. Both the Islamic and Jewish communities consider ritual slaughter an essential element of their religion.

In the letter, the Council of the Dutch Israelite Main Synagogue NIHS points out that the Jewish community in the Netherlands is 375 years old and has integrated into Dutch society. The NIHS describes ending ritual slaughter as a “restriction on our freedom”, saying it would constitute “an unacceptable ban”.


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