New York Legislature Takes No Action on Humane Slaughter Bills

Three Humane Slaughter bills introduced in the State Senate and Assembly during the current legislative session appeared to have died in committee as the session headed for adjournment tomorrow.

All three measures would have exempted Jewish ritual slaughter. A wide range of Jewish organizations went on record as opposed to the bills, however, because they would have required some form of pre-handling, other than shackling and hoisting, the effect of which would have been to make shechita impossible.

The Orthodox Jewish organizations had warned that passage of the bills would have halted all kosher meat provisioning within the state of New York. Since the Legislature will not meet again until next January, the prospect appeared to be that the issue of humane slaughter legislation was suspended in New York state for 1962.

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