Respite in Dutch Shechitoh Debate
by Yated Ne'eman Staff
"Last month the Dutch Senate was supposed to hold the last and decisive meeting on the bill to ban shechitoh, and to hold a vote. But Marianne Thieme, a member of parliament from Party for the Animals, went on vacation. Since the main petitioner cannot take part, the discussion has been postponed until her return in May. According to the current situation, it does not appear that the law will garner majority support in its present formulation, which will bring this chapter to an end. However, that is not to say the issue has come to a close. We cannot be complacent and we must prepare for the moment of the vote in Parliament.
"We want to express our heartfelt appreciation for the prodigious efforts over the past four years, and hope you will continue to stand at the vanguard in the struggle against this legislation," the heads of the NIK, the umbrella group for Jewish organizations in Holland, wrote to Conference of European Rabbis president, HaRav Pinchos Goldschmidt, who serves as the rov of Moscow.