JERUSALEM (Dec. 21)
Israel’s Parliament approved last night a first reading of a bill to ban pig breeding and the sale of pork in Israel. The vote was 41 to 19 with five abstentions.
The Knesset then sent the bill to committee for a final polishing and it will be submitted to the Knesset for the second and third readings required for enactment.
The measure, which exempts the Nazareth area from the ban because that area is inhabited largely by Israel’s Christian-Arab population, differs from a 1955 law on the same topic in that it makes violation an offense. The earlier law empowered only local authorities to pass anti-pig breeding laws and 55 of Israel’s 151 local authorities did legislate on the matter.