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British Parliament Discusses Humane Slaughter; Hears View on Shechita

The House of Commons today discussed a proposed humane slaughter bill and heard Barnett Janner, Labor M. P. and president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, explain shechita.

Mr. Janner declared that “many of my co-religionists and I have studied this question seriously for many years and are satisfied, as is the Council of Jews and Christians, that the shechita method used for killing animals, the Jewish method, is as humane as any in existence at the present time.” He noted that Biblical writings also described the shechita method as the most humane in use in ancient times.

J. B. Godber, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, commented: “I am glad to hear what Mr. Janner says relating to the humanity of this particular method.”