Kaufman to res­cue onkashrut

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JES­SICA ELGOT

MPS HAVE nar­rowly re­jected a pro­posed bill which would force re­tail­ers to la­bel kosher meat as “killed with­out stun­ning” to stop con­sumers buy­ing the meat “with­out their knowl­edge”.

The bill was pro­posed by Con­ser­va­tive MP Philip Davies, who said kosher and ha­lal meat was be­ing “forced upon” non-re­li­gious shop­pers.

But the bill, sup­ported by the RSPCA, was re­jected af­ter a first read­ing by 73 votes to 70.

Labour MP Sir Ger­ald Kaufman spoke in op­po­si­tion to la­belling. “I am an Ortho­dox Jew and I was brought up in a house­hold where only kosher meat was eaten. I do not be­lieve for a mo­ment that Philip Davies has the tini­est an­ti­semitic feel­ing in him. How­ever, large num­bers of Jews would be very greatly dis­tressed if what he pro­poses were to be­come law.”

Mr Davies said he be­lieved it was purely a mat­ter of “free­dom of choice.”

He added: “We have no plans what­ever to make the prac­tice of ha­lal or kosher killing il­le­gal. How­ever, we think that it is worth con­sid­er­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate la­belling of all meat so that peo­ple know ex­actly what it is that they are eat­ing.”

Mr Davies said it was es­ti­mated 70 per cent of kosher meat was not con­sumed by the Jewish com­mu­nity.

Sir Ger­ald said the MP had “picked on two small mi­nori­ties who share the way in which the meat they eat is killed”.

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