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Audio: What’s All the Fuss About Animal Welfare and Shechita?

"If you want to eat meat, you have to kill animals." An interview with Shechita UK, plus, "Strauss Campus," a Haredi academic campus.
4/13/2014, 11:02 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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It’s again fashionable to agitate against Kosher slaughter, so Walter talked to an expert who explains the various ways of killing animals for food - and why Shechita, the Jewish method is at least as humane as all the others. In fact he said: "it’s quickest and kindest to the animal. " Hear this very illuminating account of non-humane electrocuting, gassing, shooting, trapping, clubbing, snaring and decapitating, used by the critics of Shechita.

Part two discusses the traditional lifestyle of the Charedim, the ultra Orthodox in Israel - their economic plight and consequences for their families - and how one Charedi higher educational establishment 'Campus Strauss' encourages them to acquire the new skills required in today’s modern labour market and has an impressive record. Study programs are designed for men and women, and are conducted in completely separate classrooms, in a Haredi atmosphere, while strictly observing halacha, Jewish law.

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Portrait of Rabbi Yitzchak Eliezer Yakav at his home in Jerusalem. June 12, 2011. The Rabbi, is the chief slaughterer from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, he is responsible for kosher slaughter of cattle as well as the training of new slaughters. Photo by Kobi Gideon / Flash90.

Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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