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French Kosher Butchers Agree to Use New Device in Abattoirs

French kosher butchers have agreed to use a new device for pre-handling of slaughter animals, the French Association for the Protection of Slaughter Animals reported today.

Jewish ritual slaughterers in France, the association said, will henceforth use a specially devised casting pen for holding the animals before slaughter. (A similar device was announced earlier this year in the United States.) Charges that ritual slaughtering causes unnecessary pain to the animal, a stock libel voiced by local anti-Semites, are expected to be ended by the use of the new pens.