Study the Teachings of Ifa

Observant Jews should only eat meat or poultry that has been killed in the approved way, called shechita.
This method of killing is often attacked by animal rights activists as barbaric blood-thirsty ritual slaughter.
Jews disagree. They say that Jewish law on killing animals is designed to reduce the pain and distress that the animal suffers.

These are the rules for Jewish slaughter:

  • The slaughterer must be a specially trained Jew called a shochet
    • A shochet is trained in the laws of shechita, animal anatomy and pathology, and serves an apprenticeship with an experienced shochet
    • The shochet has to have a religious licence
  • The animal must be killed by cutting the throat with a single stroke from a very sharp instrument called a chalaf
    • The cut must sever the trachea, oesophagus, carotid arteries and jugular veins
    • The chalaf must be perfectly sharp and smooth, with no notches or blemishes
  • The neck structures must not be torn
  • The animal must be allowed to bleed out
  • The shochet must inspect the animal afterwards to confirm that the killing was correctly carried out and that the animal did not suffer from any abnormality that would render it unkosher