New Zealand Jews meet Prime Minister Key on Shechita issue

June 24, 2010 by Henry Benjamin
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New Zealand Jewish community representatives have met with Prime Minister John Key to discuss the new Code of Animal Welfare which effectively outlaws Shechita.

Prime Minister John Key

John Key, who is himself Jewish told the group: “We want the Jewish community to be strong and vibrant in New Zealand”.

The Prime Minister indicated to the group that the matter was “complex” and that he needed time to consider the issues.

However, Mrime Minister Key acknowledged that the group which included New Zealand Council president Stephen Goodman may have to taken legal action if no alternative solution could be found.

Other members of the community group included Dame Lesley Max, John Barnett, Garth Cohen – president of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, Sarah Katz and Deborah Levy representing New Zealand Jewish Youth.