Polish PM says no plans to lift ban on kosher slaughter

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Posted: Jul 16, 2013 9:19 AM
Polish PM says no plans to lift ban on kosher slaughter

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said he had no plans to reintroduce legislation to lift a ban on the production of kosher meat, despite mounting criticism from Israel and Jewish groups that it is harmful to Jews in Poland.

Polish lawmakers last week rejected a government-backed draft law that would have allowed slaughterhouses to produce meat in accordance with Jewish ritual law.

The law's opponents said the practice, which has been halted since a constitutional court ruling last year, is cruel to livestock.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said on Monday the ban on kosher slaughter methods damaged efforts to rehabilitate Jewish life in a country whose large Jewish community was nearly wiped out under German occupation during World War Two.

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"Right now we are not planning any legislative action in this matter," Tusk told a news conference.

He added the government would await a decision by a constitutional court on whether the ban on kosher slaughter was harming the rights of religious minorities.

(Reporting by Pawel Sobczak)