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.

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.

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