Saturday, 5 May 2012
Lib Dems and ritual slaughter
No, not last week's elections...Ritual slaughter (kosher and halal) is in the news again (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17966327). This is a policy area that is fraught with controversy and misconceptions. I assume that (like abortion and capital punishment) it is a 'free vote' issue of conscience for individual MPs, rather than a party political issue. In a speech in November 2010, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg correctly said: "...on 'shechita', the Jewish humane way of slaughtering animals for meat - I have always supported its continuance in this country, and I always will. The Liberal Democrats have never adopted any policy that threatens the right to shechita, and it is my intention that we never shall." If you are interested in the arguments surrounding a complicated issue that involves not only animal welfare but also religious freedom, then you may wish to read http://matthewfharris.blogspot.com/2011/04/food-for-thought-on-meat-labelling.html?m=1 and http://matthewfharris.blogspot.com/2011/06/lots-of-news-on-religious-slaughter.html?m=1.
Posted by Matthew Harris at 10:23