Posted by Amtul Q Farhat
The Body representing the Catholic Church in Poland has said the right of Jews and Muslims to carry out their religious practices must not be infringed.
The Presidium of the Polish Episcopal Conference issued a statement in relation to the ban saying that the practice of slaughter without the stunning of the animal, known in Hebrew as shekhita, is “an expression of religious faith and embodies religious freedom.”
Ritual slaughter, including traditional Jewish kosher and Muslim halal practices, has been banned in Poland since January 1, after the country’s Constitutional Court deemed it incompatible with animal-rights law. The Polish ban over-rides an exemption for religious groups to stun animals before slaughter.