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Connecticut Senate Passes Slaughter Bill Acceptable to Orthodox Jews

A Humane Slaughter bill acceptable to Orthodox leaders in Connecticut was sent to the House of Representatives today after unanimous approval by the State Senate. If the measure is approved by the House and signed by the Governor, it would take effect January 1.

Among the provisions in the Senate-approved measure is a statement that nothing in the bill “shall be construed to prohibit, abridge or in any way hinder the religious freedom of any person or group.” The provision specifies that “the handling or other preparation of livestock for ritual slaughter are humane and are not to be regulated by any terms of this act.”