How to Kill: Dutch govt aims to regulate religious slaughter

Sat, 06 Oct 2012 00:00 CDT
© Reuters/Ammar Awad
A ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken over the heads of children as they perform the Kaparot ritual in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighbourhood September 23, 2012, ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Kaparot is an ancient custom connected to Yom Kippur, where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement.

The Dutch government is drafting a decree that would give it the power to overrule anyone aiming to practice ritual slaughter in the Netherlands. The move has received mixed reactions from Jewish communities throughout the country.

The decree, which was signed by Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker, is aimed at defining the practice’s future in the Netherlands.

Ritual slaughter – which is known as ’scechitah‘ to Jews and ‚dhabihah‘ to Muslims – involves…

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