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Poll: 45 percent of Britons favor banning kosher slaughter

(JTA) — About 45 percent of 1,900 Britons polled favored banning Jewish ritual slaughter and 38 percent said they favored banning non-medical circumcision. 

In the poll, which was conducted last week by the YouGov polling agency for The Jewish Chronicle of London, 45 percent of respondents backed banning ritual slaughter, known as shechitah. Another 28 percent said they were undecided and 27 percent opposed such a ban.

Asked about “male circumcision for religious reasons," 38 percent supported a ban, 35 percent opposed a ban and 27 percent were undecided, The Jewish Chronicle reported this week.

Among 18- to 24-year-olds, 41 percent would ban both non-medical circumcision in underage boys and ritual slaughter of animals for food.

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