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April 2, 2004
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The British government is likely to reject a semiofficial recommendation that would effectively ban kosher slaughter. In a draft response Thursday to a report by the country’s Farm Animal Welfare Council, the government said a “ban on religious slaughter would not be consistent” with European human rights legislation. The council last year recommended stunning animals before they are slaughtered, which Jewish authorities say would render the meat not kosher. The government’s final answer is expected at the end of June, following a 12-week consultation with interested parties.

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