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Dutch government plans to regulate ritual slaughter
The Dutch government is drafting a decree that would give the government veto power over anyone who wants to practice ritual slaughter, or shechita, in the Netherlands.
The draft decree, which was signed by Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker, was drawn up by the government to end two years of uncertainty about the future of the practice in the Netherlands. The Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad published the contents of the draft decree on Friday.
"If veterinarians are put in charge of shechita, then before long it would basically stop shechita in the Netherlands," Amsterdam Chief Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag told JTA.
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