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The Weinberg Pen, invented by Harris Weinberg with the object of ensuring that no suffering shall be inflicted on animals during casting prior to shechita, was tested at Leeds by the committee appointed by the London Shechita Board to adjudicate upon the merits of the invention. In January 1928 at a test at Islington, the committee found that certain alterations were necessary and the majority of the committee agreed that a further test of the improved Pen should be held in a private slaughter-house in Leeds.

The Board of Shechita, having intimated that it will not take cognizance of a trial held otherwise than under its own auspices at Islington, the expenses of the trial were borne by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. There were present Professor Hobday, principal of the Royal Veterinary College, chairman of the committee, Captain C. W. Hume, University of London and Animal Welfare Society, Professor C. Lovati Evans, physiologist at University College, Professor A. Gofton, chief veterinary officer, Edinburgh, Major J. A. Dixon, chief veterinary officer, Leeds, Major W. J. deVine, chief veterinary. officer, Birmingham, Captain H. L. Torrance, chief veterinary officer, Birkenhead, Captain W. K. Johnstone, veterinary officer, Manchester, Dr. J. J Jervis, medical officer of health, Leeds. Miss Violet Wood, secretary Council of Justice for Animals and Humane Slaughter Association, R. O. Paddison, honorary adviser for humane slaughter to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and also the Rev. E. M. Levy of South Africa, S. Landman of London, and Mr. Weinberg, the inventor of the Pen.

Two horned and four polled bullocks were cut. The Rev. H. R. Goldwater and Rev. Nemeth performed shechita. The animal to be slaughtered is walked into a padded stall which allows its head to protrude and the still is then revolved so that the beast is brought on its back in position for the ritual cut. It is claimed that this method is not only quicker in dispatch but also more humane than the present method of using ropes or chains to bring a struggling animal on its back.

After the demonstration, the committee held its deliberations and Professor Hobday then communicated the following unanimous findings of the committee: (1) That the defects in the machine witnessed at the last demonstration had been corrected; (2) that the Weinberg Pen is a distinct humane improvement on the present method of casting; (3) that the average time of casting of the six animals demonstrated was 9 seconds; (4) that the question of an automatic brake for the machine to hold the Pen ready with the animal in it should be investigated.

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Jews are desecrating Christian cemeteries in Germany, the anti-Semitic “Voelkischer Beobachter,” the central organ of the Hitlerist Party, alleges as a sort of counter-move to the protests against the repeated desecrations of Jewish cemeteries in the country. “Jews in Essen,” it says, “recently desecrated a Christian cemetery Now we have a report of a new infamous action of the same kind. During Wednesday night, twenty or thirty gravestones in the Protestant cemetery of Neustertin were thrown down and some of them were smashed. No Walter von Mollo has come forward to protest against this vandalism as he protests against the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, and no Ministers in the Government address demonstrations held in the former Parliament building against these desecrations of the sacred places of the German people by Syrian agitators and invaders.

“Altogether, the German people is oppressed under the yoke of the Jews.” the paper continues. “In Elberfeld,” it says, “the National Socialist Party has been prevented from holding open-air meetings, because they protected themselves against attacks by the Jewish defense troops.

“The situation, in fact, is such,” the paper goes on, “that the National Socialist German Labor Party and the German Notional People’s Party have put an interpellation in the Prussiar Diet, asking the Government whether it intends to protect the German section of the population of Prussia against the Marxist agitators whose adherents are overwhelmingly members of Jewry, and whether it will take action in order to punish these intellectual inspirers of acts of violence against Nationalist Germans and will put a stop to their activities.”

Louis Lewinson, past president of Daniel Webster Lodge. Independent Order of Free Sous of Israel, New York, died on Sunday at the age of 48. Mr. Lewiuson was a director and former vice-president of Julius Kayser & Company.

The Hukuah, all Jewish team who won the United States soccer championship last week were again victorious in a game played Sunday at Starlight Park. New York The Hakpah defeated the Hispano team by a score of 4 to 2.

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