Rabbi Aryeh Goldberg of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe reacted, Thursday, to the president of the British Veterinary Association's call for a ban on kosher slaughter by saying that the veterinarian had joined the international choir of anti-Semitism. Noting that the market for kosher meat in England numbers 100,000, he called on the relevant authorities to maintain kosher slaughter in England and elsewhere in Europe.
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis said earlier that it is an hour of trial for the Jews of Britain and pledged his group would stand shoulder to shoulder with them to meet the threat, calling it part of a global trend to restrict freedom of religion. He said European leaders should fight the move as opposed to the laws of the European Union.
Shimon Cohen, the campaign director of Shechita UK, which aims to preserve kosher slaughter, was quoted by the Forward as saying the initiative was a “dereliction of duty,” adding, “Of the countless pressing animal welfare issues that we are faced with today, he has chosen to focus on an issue which is not supported by scientific consensus and which affects a tiny minority of animals.” Cohen's statement continued, “Animal welfare is at the heart of everything that we do. It is scandalous that, once again, in the context of such pervasive cruelty in so many abattoirs, that the BVA continue to single out faith communities for criticism.”