The European Court of Justive has backed a Belgian ban on kosher and halal slaughter of animals without being stunned. The court rejected objections by religious groups.
Livestock will have to be stunned before slaughter on animal rights grounds.
However, the ruling has been described as an attack on the Jewish way of life in Europe.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin, Chairman of the EJA said his organisaton will explore every avenue and recourse available to protect the rights of Jews everywhere in Europe”
“Bogus animal welfare claims are being used to penalise a practice that puts care and respect for animals at its very core.”
“This ruling gives the green light for other countries to follow suit, and if they do, there will be no Kosher meat available in Europe”, says Rabbi Menachem Margolin, Chairman of the European Jewish Association.
“This is a sad day for European Jewry. For decades now, as animal rights have come into vogue, Kosher slaughter has come under relentless attack, and subject to repeated attempts to ban it. The entire basis of the attacks are built on the entirely bogus premise that Kosher slaughter is more cruel than regular slaughtering, despite there being not a shred of evidence backing this up, and worse completely ignoring the fact that Kosher slaughter puts the welfare of the animal and minimising its suffering as of paramount importance. This is not a glib statement, but a commandment that all Jews must adhere to.
“What today’s ruling does is put animal welfare above the fundamental right of Freedom of Religion. Simply put, Beast takes preference over man.
“Potentially devastating too, it gives other European countries like Belgium – who similarly regard this fundamental Charter freedom as ‘negotiable – the green light to follow suit. If every european country does it means only one thing: there will be no Kosher meat available in Europe anymore.
“What a terrible message to send to European Jewry, that you and your practices are not welcome here. This is a basic denial of our rights as European citizens. We cannot let it stand and will pursue every recourse and avenue to ensure that it doesn’t.”