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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Le Pen, Shechita and French Jewry

Quite a number of countries around the world have banned shechita, the Jewish way of killing animals for human consumption. They claim "humanitarian" reasons, but each of them permits hunting, which is the cruelest occupation imaginable. They call it a "sport." Not only are the animals "taken by surprise," but frequently the hunter does not succeed in a quick kill, and the wounded animal suffers terribly. There's nothing more inhumane than that, especially when in many, or most, cases the animal isn't even needed for food. This is sport, remember. Sometimes the animal is left to die or its skin/fur is used or the head is stuffed and displayed to show the prowess of the hunter, etc.

Shechita on the other hand is a very controlled ritual which not only requires training to teach the shochet, slaughterer, exactly where to cut and how quickly so the animal won't suffer a slow painful death. Also the knife has to be extremely sharp to facilitate a painless kill.

kosher chicken prepared for baking
It's interesting that unlike the antisemitic hypocrites in other countries, Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader has asked French Jewry to sacrifice easily available kosher food to try to squeeze Muslims out of France. Her proposal is based on two fallacies:

  • the millions of Muslims in France would emigrate if they couldn't easily get halal slaughtered (or kosher shechita which they accept) meat
  • French Jewry consider making life difficult for Muslims more important than local kosher slaughter
I think Le Pen's wrong on both accounts. 
  • France's Muslim population would find ways to keep themselves well fed on properly slaughtered meat and poultry.
  • French Jewry doesn't trust Le Pen, whom they see as antisemitic, and also has no desire to have to import kosher meat and poultry. Also the Jewish population is shrinking, since they dono't see a future in terror-plagued France. 
I agree with the pundits that Le Pen hasn't a chance to win.
She has said during the current campaign that she would ban the wearing of kippahs in public in France in order to facilitate a ban on Muslim clothes. She has also said that she would make it illegal for French citizens to have an Israeli passport.
Le Pen has called on French Jews to make these “sacrifices” to curb radical Islam and has promised to be French Jewry’s “shield” against Islam.
French Jewish leaders have called Le Pen a “candidate of hate” and urged voters to support the leading candidate, centrist Emmanuel Macron, to keep Le Pen from winning. He won the first round with 23.7 percent of the vote. Polls from Tuesday predict he would win the second round by more than 20 points. Jerusalem Post


Charlie in NY said...

Temple Grandin, one of the most respected animal welfare researchers, has spent quite some time investigating kosher slaughter methods and has found them not to be the cruel form of slaughter the anti-shechita crowd claims. Many of her findings and recommendations can be found at this link. http://www.grandin.com/ritual/rec.ritual.slaughter.html
You correctly point out the hypocrisy of those who would condone hunting, in part because it is a sport but also because its s a tradition, while decrying traditional ritual slaughter that, when the rules are followed, is performed as a fundamental act of respect to the animal. Actual animal welfare does not seem to be the primary motivation for these anti-religious slaughter "activists." Whether it is anitsemitism or a cheap form of virtue signallying to show how scientifically advanced "advanced" or enlightened they are, is between them and their own conscience.

Batya said...

Thanks for the additional information.

Unknown said...

I saw the movie about Temple Grandin and she is absolutely amazing and her characterization of shechita is right -- when the shechita is done right...

Mr. Cohen said...

Midrash Tanchuma, Parshat Shmini, chapter 6:
He who only eats kosher foods fulfills the [Biblical] commandment to be holy.

Midrash Tanchuma, Parshat Shmini, chapter 7:
Eating kosher foods causes the Jewish people to become spiritually elevated.

Why Israel’s 1967 Borders are Undefendable:

Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:

Batya said...

Rachel, thanks, sounds like worth watching.

Heshvangrl said...

i see Le Pen as another Hillary..very bad news. praying for french Jews safety.

Batya said...

No doubt. And is her opponent any better? Or should French Jews be packing regardless of who wins?

Yakov Butterfield said...

who ever "wins", the Jews need to make Aliyah any why.

Batya said...

I guess we'll be hearing more French in the streets of Israel.