JTA Reports: The change is necessary because religious slaughter “does not take new scientific knowledge into account,” the head of Estonia’s Animal Welfare Bureau, Sirje Jalakas, told JTA.
She added that “there is no plan to ban” kosher slaughter in Estonia. The change is being determined based on the 2010 DialRel report, Jalakas said.
The report says kosher slaughter, or shechita, causes higher risk, pain and suffering in animals than methods that involve stunning. Jewish religious law requires animals to be conscious when their necks are cut.