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  5/30/2010, Sivan 17, 5770

Shechita Banned in New Zealand

Regulations that came into effect in New Zealand over the weekend forbid kosher ritual slaughter (shechita). According to the new regulations, animals must now be unconscious before being slaughtered, invalidating them for kosher slaughter. A spokesman for the Jewish community in Wellington said the regulations violate the Jewish community's rights, and community officials expressed shock that the regulations would be enacted during the term of Prime Minister John Key, who is Jewish. Besides New Zealand, Shechita has now been banned in Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.