Polish kosher meat could be banned from export market

By Helen Arnold

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Polish kosher meat may soon be banned from being exported
Polish kosher meat may soon be banned from being exported

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Polish kosher meat may soon be banned from being exported, after a request by the country’s ombudsman to make kosher slaughter - or shechita - legal only for local consumption, according to Jewish news website The Forward. 

Polish ombudsman Irena Lipowicz filed her request last year with the tribunal, asking it to make kosher slaughter legal only for the use of the Jewish community in Poland.

Ritual slaughter without stunning the animals first, which is required by shechita, and dictates that animals be conscious before their throats are cut, was banned in Poland on 1 January 2013. This came after the country’s court did away with a government regulation that had previously exempted Jews and Muslims from a law which require the stunning of animals prior to slaughter.

However, in December, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the ban was unconstitutional and legalised kosher slaughter for both the local Jewish community and for the export market.

The Constitutional Tribunal did not give a date for a hearing on Lipowicz’ request.

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