Brigitte Bardot published an open letter in several leading French newspapers calling for a ban on shechitah, or Jewish ritual slaughter.
The one-time French actress terms the practice “ritual sacrifice” in the letter that appeared Monday in newspapers such as Le Parisien
, Le Figaro
and Le Monde
. The letter also calls for a ban on halal Muslim ritual slaughter as well as on horse meat.Jewish and Muslim religious laws require that animals be conscious when their necks are cut — a practice deemed cruel by some animal welfare activists.
The letter drew condemnation from the European Jewish Congress.