Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry


19 June, 2014

EU upholds right of member states to ban Shechita

"The European Commission has reiterated the rights of member states to ban non-stunned slaughter of animals for meat and therefore outlaw Shechita.

In a written answer to a question from Italian MEP Sergio Berlato, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg said it was up to member states “to decide upon which conditions” a derogation for religious slaughter could be allowed.

The question followed the decision of Denmark to remove the derogation earlier this year. The country joins Finland, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden as EU member states which ban slaughter without stunning.  Lithuania recently reinstated the derogation."