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Jewish abbatoir methods are as humane as can be

Published 10/02/2016

I would like to support Animal Aid (Write Back, February 8) in its "campaign for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses".

It is appalling to read it found evidence of cruelty and lawbreaking in nine out of 10 UK slaughterhouses... (including) "animals being kicked, burned with cigarettes and having their throats hacked at with a blunt knife".

But I would dispute Isobel Hutchinson's claim that "slaughter can never be cruelty-free", unless what she really means is "pain-free" - cruelty can never have a place in civilised society.

Unfortunately, certain groups claim the Jewish method of slaughter - 'shechitah' - is included in this behaviour. In shechitah the animal's throat is cut with an extremely sharp knife. As a result the blood flows out rapidly. In effect, it has been stunned.

As regards the other practices, they are forbidden by Jewish law. I only hope Animal Aid's campaign is not hijacked by those whom the prophet Hoshea (13:2) calls "slaughterers of humans who kiss calves" to agitate against it.

MARTIN D STERN

Salford, Greater Manchester

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