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British Board of Deputies Concerned by Humane Society’s Anti-shechita Campaign

The Board of Deputies of British Jews announced yesterday that it “is giving urgent and serious consideration” to a campaign launched by a humane society against shechita — the Jewish ritual slaughtering of cattle and poultry. A statement by Michael Fidler, Board of Deputies president, said the campaign sought “to deprive the Jewish community of its right to continue recognized humane and painless methods of animal slaughter.”

The campaign against shechita is being conducted by the “Council of Justice to Animals and Humane Slaughtering Association.” The group has been described as one of many “animal lovers” organizations which “are constantly campaigning against stag hunting, vivisection and shechita.”