SYDNEY, Australia – Australian Jewish leaders praised the country's Labor government for retaining an exemption for the kosher slaughter of animals.

The move followed a meeting of the Primary Industries Ministerial Council in Melbourne on Oct. 29 that discussed kosher and halal ritual slaughter, neither of which allow stunning.

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Animal rights activists and other lobbyists claim that kosher ritual slaughter, or shechita, is inhumane.


In a letter Monday, Executive Council of Australian Jewry President Dr. Danny Lamm thanked Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Joseph Ludwig for his “wise decision” to maintain shechita in Australia.