Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cruelty to Animals, Shechita (Jewish Animal Slaughter) and Hunting

The Jewish World was recently thrown into a tizzy by the enactment of anti-shechita laws in New Zealand, which will severely restrict Jewish Life there.  The governmental rationale is that they're protecting animals. 

New Zealand isn't the only country which forbids kosher slaughter of animals. Switzerland has forbidden it for decades.  I may be just a dumb granny, but if the Swiss really cared about animals, hunting would be forbidden.  It isn't.  Hunting is permitted in Switzerland

And yes, hunting is also permitted and a big business in New Zealand.  The same for Iceland, Norway and Sweden where shechita is also forbidden.

It's considered a sport in those countries.

Yes, that means that if you want to terrorize animals by stalking, shooting  and wounding them with rifles, you may, even if you just want to stuff it and mount it on your wall.  But if you just want to carefully and quickly slaughter an animal according to Jewish Law for eating you could be jailed.

Something stinks, like rotten meat...


Anonymous said...

Did you know the New Zealand Prime Minister is Jewish ?

David Guy said...

Technically, Anonymous, technically.

"Will the real John Key step forward". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 August 2007. if you're asking me if I'm religious it depends how you define religion. I look at religion as doing the right thing....I go to church a lot with the kids, but I wouldn't describe it as something that I ... I'm not a heavy believer; my mother was Jewish which technically makes me Jewish. Yeah, I probably see it in a slightly more relaxed way.

He has stated that he does not believe in life after death, and that he sees religion as 'doing the right thing'. Key's wife, Bronagh (née Dougan) Key, is the daughter of Northern Irish immigrants of Catholic and Protestant confession.

in the vanguard said...

Well said. You wonder what their ulterior motives might be.

I guess Jews there buy imported meat. Or, better yet, they're being forced to turn into vegetarians.

Batya said...

In my earlier post, linked to in this one, I mention that he's Jewish which I doubt helps. Uncooked/processed poultry can't be imported to New Zealand, so without shechita, no chickens for cooking.