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Wilkesbarre Law Regulating Meat Slaughtering Illegal

The Wilkesbarre city ordinance which regulates the slaughtering of fowl and cattle is an unlawful exercise of police power and kosher butchers of that city are lawfully entitled to protection from the enforcement of this ordinance. This is the decision handed down last week by Judge C. D. Coughlin in the suit of Louis Hafetz, a kosher butcher of Wilkesbarre, and the Congregation Anshe Emeth against the city of Wilkesbarre and James F. Mundy, superintendent of public safety.

In the complaint it was stated that Louis Hafetz, the butcher for the congregation, had complied with all conditions of the ordinance, yet the superintendent of public safety refused to grant a permit for the killing of fowl on his premises. In issuing his decision the Judge orders:

“That the defendants be restrained from interfering with the members of the Congregation Anshe Emeth in having their fowl killed by the said Louis Hafetz upon his premises, under the supervision of their rabbi in accordance with the regulations of their church, provided the same is not done in a manner constituting a public nuisance.”

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