Rabbinate to phase out controversial slaughter

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate plans to phase out the controversial shackle-and-hoist kosher slaughter method.

“We are working toward upgrading the way animals are prepared for slaughter to minimize animal suffering,” said a Rabbinate spokesman, according to the Jerusalem Post.

A report in the Forward last week revealed that a controversial practice known as shackle and hoist was widely in use among kosher slaughterers in South America. The Orthodox Union, America’s largest kosher supervision agency, opposes that form of shechita.

The rabbinate spokesman declined to specify what steps would be taken to encourage slaughterers to make the switch.

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