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The kosher and halal slaughter of animals

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14 March 2014

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From the Revd David Gifford

Sir, - The Revd Keith Trivasse ( Letters, 7 March) makes an interpretative point touching the emotions of many. There is little doubt that the Jewish and Islamic communities will be suspicious of the motives of this current debate, and could consider it to be a threat to their way of life, identity and religious practice.

It behoves critics of these methods of preparation of meat for consumption to be sensitive to the deeply held convictions of these faith minorities in the UK, as well as the freedoms of religious faith, and awareness of the shared view of the importance of animal welfare in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

As is very often the case, what unites us in faith is far greater than what divides us.

DAVID GIFFORD
Chief Executive
The Council of Christians and Jews
Godliman House
21 Godliman Street
London EC4V 5BD

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