(JNS.org) The Polish-Jewish community is still practicing shechita (kosher slaughter), despite a
January legal ban on ritual slaughter passed by the country’s parliament, the Sejm. Last week, a bill that would have created an exception to the ban, thus re-legalizing both kosher and halal slaughter, was voted down in the Sejm, 222-178.
Click photo to download. Caption: Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich told the Jerusalem
Post, “I have no hesitation to do shechita. When it becomes necessary
we certainly will do shechita [again] because I believe it’s legal.”
of Administration and Digitization Michael Bon, who deals with religious
issues, has recommended the re-examining of the ritual slaughter ban to see whether it contradicts the
Polish constitution’s prohibition against violating freedom of religious worship.