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Brigitte Bardot calls for ban on shechitah, terms it 'ritual sacrifice'
September 9, 2014
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.
"Ms. Bardot's depiction of shechitah as 'ritual sacrifice' is not only deeply offensive and a slur against the Jewish People, but also shows a stunning lack of knowledge in an area where she purports to be an expert," EJC President Moshe Kantor said in a statement. "Bardot has once again shown her clear insensitivity for minority groups with the substance and style of her letter."
In January 2011, Bardot launched a campaign against ritual slaughter through her animal rights foundation.