(Thursday, November 17, 2022) – The European Jewish Congress (EJC) welcomes the law passed by the Romanian Parliament that provides protection for Shechita, the kosher slaughter of animals for meat, against attempts to ban it.
“This is such an important decision, and we applaud this decision of the Romanian authorities for their strong commitment to protecting Jewish rights,” said EJC President Dr Ariel Muzicant. “We hope authorities across Europe will use this law as a possible prototype in their own parliaments. The law sets a very important precedent, especially as Jewish life is under threat because of those who attack Jewish tradition and try to proscribe it.”
The Romanian law was passed around a year since the Court of the European Union upheld bans on both Jewish and Muslim slaughter in two Belgium regions. Many other countries in Europe have either banned Shechita totally or have legislated against it.