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800 Rabbis Denounce Stunning in Slaughter of Animals

June 21, 1937
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A statement has been issued here in behalf of 800 rabbis declaring that electrical stunning of animals before slaughter, proposals for which are being considered in certain Scandinavian countries, would violate Jewish ritual laws on slaughter.

The statement was made public by the Agudath Israel, extreme orthodox organization, which said leading rabbis of Eastern Europe, led by Oser Grodzienski, “the sage of Wilno,” Poland, had signed the declaration.

“We have learned of plans in some Northern countries to introduce electrical stunning,” the statement said. “We declare to the Jews of the world that this definitely is forbidden by Jewish religious law. It is the duty of the spiritual and lay leaders of the Jewish people to prevent such desecration of the law.”

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