Religious slaughter in Europe is getting more difficult


Western Europe

Evert van Vlastuin, RD

Sharp enough? For shechita, the blade must be without any burrs. Despite of that, kosher slaughter is getting more and more controversial. Photo AFP, Frederick Florin

Being kind to minorities is a virtue in Europe. But being good to animals is growing in prestige. If Jews want to eat meat that has not been slaughtered properly, it will be difficult to attain it. Who will win: the minority or the animal? "As long as the newspapers write that an animal suffers because of our slaughter, politicians will follow that narrative."