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Polish ruling on kosher meat angers Jews

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November 29, 2012

The Jewish faith requires slaughtering livestock by slitting the animal's throat while it is still conscious.

WARSAW - Jewish groups said on Wednesday a Polish court ruling on methods used to slaughter livestock could halt the production of kosher meat, threatening their religious freedom in a country where Nazi Germany massacred millions of Jews in World War II.

Poland's Constitutional court this week reinforced a law that states livestock has to be stunned before slaughter, ruling out the practice stipulated by the Jewish faith of slaughtering the animal by slitting its throat while it is still conscious.

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