Simon "Shimon" Cohen wouldn't know how to tell the truth if his very life depended on it, and his Shechita UK organization (which also now markets itself as Shechita EU) is the most consistently dishonest Jewish community organization I've seen anywhere. And today's statements from Cohen are no exception.
The Daily Telegraph reports:
…Shimon Cohen of Shechita UK, which campaigns on behalf of the Jewish community for the right to carry out religious slaughter for food said: “Since January 2013 there has been a House of Lords Debate and a Westminster Hall Debate on the subject, with a third debate scheduled for Monday. Many other animal welfare concerns, such as game hunting and mechanical mis-stunning, have not been debated once in that time.”
He added: “This continued focus on religious slaughter is dog whistle politics of the worst sort and its effect is to undermine community relations. For animal welfare groups to keep pushing for a ban is wild-eyed and obsessive.”
Mr Cohen pointed out that Shechita, in which the animal’s throat, windpipe and blood vessels are cut, killing it instantly, amounts to less than 1 per cent of all slaughter in the UK, yet animal welfare groups appeared to focus on it to the detriment of other issues.
He said: “Two weeks ago a horrific film of extraordinary disregard for animal welfare at a non-mechanically stunned abattoir in Yorkshire came to light. Animal welfare campaigners called for an end of religious slaughter. Four days later a similar video was released at a conventional slaughter house and I didn’t hear one call to end conventional slaughter.
“If there is a genuine interest in improving animal welfare standards at time of slaughter, we need to look at many areas like abattoir practices, CCTV and mis-stunning. This fixation with religious slaughter beggars belief. At the moment the Muslim community is being tarred by the horrors of terrorism and these calls for a ban on religious slaughter feed into that mood music.” …
Simon "Shimon" Cohen wouldn't know how to tell the truth if his very life depended on it, and his Shechita UK organization is the most consistently dishonest Jewish community organization I've seen anywhere.
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