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Shechitah Exempted in Bill Regulating Slaughtering in U.S.

A bill regulating the slaughter of livestock and poultry which specifically exempts Jewish ritual slaughtering has been introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The bill, which is backed by the American Humane Association, was introduced by Senator Hubert H. Humphrey and Rep. Martha Griffiths. It requires slaughter houses to render animals and poultry unconscious and insensible to pain before slaughter. Requirements of the bill do not apply to any individual who is duly authorized by a rabbi to serve as a ritual slaughter.

Hearings on the bill are not scheduled in either House. It was learned from Senator Humphrey’s office that efforts are being made to amend the bill to reflect a positive acceptance of Jewish ritual slaughtering as a humane method. The bill now treats Jewish ritual slaughter only as an exception. The bill is numbered S. 1636 in the Senate and H. R. 6099 in the House of Representatives. It has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture in each House.