New Zealand Agriculture Minister David Carter has taken a strong stand against non stun slaughter methods. It was David Carter himself who went against the advice of his advisors and implemented the NZ ban on this type of slaughter in May 2010.
This NZ animal welfare code requires all animals to be stunned before commercial slaughter. That goes against the shechita, or kosher slaughter, requirement allowed under previous animal welfare rules, which involves the animal's throat being slit without stunning.
Wellington Jewish Council chairman David Zwartz says the ban means meat processed according to Jewish religious laws now has to be imported from Australia and that lawyers are preparing a case to have the slaughter restriction reversed!
Clearly NZ Minister David Carter is under a lot of pressure to remove his decision, the outcome of which could set a precedent to other agricultural ministers around the world and impact on efforts to have stunning more broadly accepted in the Middle East or other countries that practice this cruel method. We could not send a more dreadful message to regions that desperately need to be awakened to the need for change!
I am aware that Australian agricultural ministers are preparing for a meeting in November to discuss the future of this kind of ritual slaughter in Aus.
There is not as yet any information about the proposed court case, in the meantime we can write to the minister of agriculture, David Carter asking him to continue to support the ban on this practice in New Zealand. He needs our support to stick to his guns!!
You can e-mail him on firstname.lastname@example.org
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