By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Yesterday was a sad day for Polish Jews and, for that matter, for Polish history.
Yesterday a bill was defeated in the Polish parliament that would have allowed for Kosher slaughter and Hallal slaughter.
Earlier, a very clear bill protecting animal rights had passed through the Polish parliament. That bill demanded that all animals be stunned before slaughter - but both Jewish and Muslim law absolutely do not permit stunning prior to slaughter.
The proposed new, failed, bill attempted to make the religious slaughter an exception.
Comments made to the press after the vote smacked of anti-Semitism and hatred. Those who defeated the bill spoke about the precious feelings of animals, and how important it is to defend the animals, even if it causes economic loss. In the end, the needless sufferings of Polish animals was proven to be more important the a few dollars.
The Polish Parliament cared more about the sensitivities of dead and dying animals than about the quality of life of Polish Jews.
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