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Government’s misguided agenda on kosher meat labelling leaves a bad taste

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The Right Honourable Victoria Prentis, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs [DEFRA], recently launched a consultation document entitled, “Labelling for Animal Welfare.”

Waxing lyrical on the benefits that would accrue from reforms to the labelling of food products, Mrs Prentis does not beat about the bush. “We will not compromise,” she insists, “on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards. I want us to ensure that consumers are able to differentiate between products that meet or exceed the UK’s high welfare standards and those that do not.”

There is an agenda here, but Mrs Prentis seems a trifle reluctant to admit it. Not so her boss, DEFRA’s Secretary of State George Eustice. Two years ago (2 July 2019 to be exact), in a Westminster Hall debate, Mr Eustice unburdened himself on the subject of religious slaughter with special reference to the stubbornness of us Jews in not agreeing that, as currently practised in England, shechita (the Jewish humane method of food animal slaughter) was inherently cruel.

It is our contention that shechita stuns and slaughters in one operation. But this view is not shared by Mr Eustice, or by DEFRA. Their view is that shechita is cruel because – in their view – it does not stun at all. But, in a supposedly magnanimous gesture, DEFRA concedes that if we Jews want to eat shechita-slaughtered meat, we can do so, provided we are prepared to acquiesce in........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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