WASHINGTON (Jun. 18)
Special provision for religious representation on an advisory committee to guide a department of agriculture study of humane slaughter methods was made in a bill approved today by the Senate Agriculture Committee.
The bill, passed by a vote of 10 to 5, called for a two-year study of humane slaughter methods and subsequent introduction of compulsory legislation to be recommended by the Secretary of Agriculture as a result of the study. Congress would then consider the proposal. The vote came after intensive consideration by the committee of the humane slaughter issue, including testimony against proposed legislation by Orthodox Jewish groups.
The Senate committee failed to accept the bill passed by the House which would have required mandatory enforcement of humane slaughter methods after December 31, 1959. Committee chairman Allen J. Ellender said the bill approved today was more practical than the House measure. It would make humane slaughter compulsory after intensive study of humane slaughter by Federal scientists and private experts.