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Shechita (Hebrew שחיטה šəḥīṭā) is the ritual slaughter of animals, as prescribed for slaughter of mammals and birds according to Jewish dietary laws. The act is performed by drawing a very sharp knife across the animal's throat and allowing the blood to drain out. Islamic law requires a similar procedure. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The Modern Hebrew language is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family. ... The circled U indicates that this can of tuna is certified kosher by the Union of Orthodox Congregations. ... Islam  listen? (Arabic: al-islām) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith, one of the Abrahamic religions, and the worlds second largest religion. ...

The practice is based on the Biblical law that men must not eat the blood of animals, one of the seven Noahide Laws incumbent on all Noah's children, not only the Jews. The animal must be killed with respect by a shochet who has in mind the life of the animal as he draws the knife across its neck. The animal can be in a number of positions, for example, lying on its back - 'shechita munachas'. The aim is to sever all the major blood vessels in the neck, causing blood pressure in the brain to drop as instantaneously as the pain signal travels to the brain. With the animal rendered unconscious, the heart must continue to pump to aid the removal of blood from the rest of the carcass. The Noahide laws are the mitzvot (commandments) that Judaism teaches that all of humankind is morally bound to follow. ... Noah or Nóach (Rest, Standard Hebrew נוֹחַ Nóaḥ, Tiberian Hebrew נֹחַ Nōªḥ; Arabic نوح Nūḥ), is a character from the Book of Genesis and the Quran who builds an ark to save his family and the worlds animals from the Deluge, the universal flood. ...

For these latter reasons, prior stunning by humane bolt or other methods are not permitted. The animal must be in good health, and is inspected after death to confirm that it was. The few animals which are not cleanly killed by shechita are declared non-kosher.

If the hindquarters (or sirloin) are to be eaten by Jews, they must be 'porged' - stripped of veins, fats and sinews in accordance with a strict procedure. [1] High quality (prime) cut of meat that has been taken from the upper loin or lower ribs of a cow (beef). ...

Animal Welfare controversies

The humane attitude towards the slaughtered animal expressed in shechita law limits the extent to which Jewish slaughterhouses can industrialize their procedures. The most industrialized attempt at a kosher slaughterhouse, AgriProcessors of Postville, Iowa, became the center of a controversy in rabbinical interpretation in 2003, after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released undercover video of cattle struggling to their feet after shechita. State nickname: The Hawkeye State Other U.S. States Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Governor Thomas Vilsack Official languages English Area 145,743 km² (26th)  - Land 144,701 km²  - Water 1,042 km² (0. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal-rights organization in the world. ...

The Orthodox Union, certificating body for kosher food in the USA, concluded that AgriProcessors was observing proper procedures [2], though some changes could be made in consideration of marit ayin - community perceptions. The OU pointed out: OU logo. ...

While unnecessary cruelty to even one animal is intolerable, one has to look at the total picture before judging the matter. To those unfamiliar with the slaughter industry-kosher or non-kosher-scenes showing post-shechita movement of several animals, such as are shown on the video, can be very disturbing. But it must be realized that during the six or seven weeks during which the video was taken, approximately 18,000 animals were slaughtered by the plant in question. With such numbers, it is inevitable that aberrations do sometimes occur, and those shown in the video represent only a tiny percentage of the total number processed in that time span. [3]

PeTA was rebuked by several parties, such as the Anti-Defamation League, for mounting what might appear to be a vindictive campaign so soon after Jewish organizations had criticized the group for its "Holocaust on your Plate" ad campaign promoting veganism. [4] The Anti-Defamation League (or ADL) is an American organization set up by Bnai Brith whose aim is to fight anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry and various forms of political extremism through an array of programs and services. ...

The Nazi Party banned shechita in Germany in 1933. Some European countries have introduced effective bans on animal welfare grounds, requiring their Jewish populations to import kosher meat. The Nazi swastika symbol The National Socialist German Workers Party ( German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei), better known as the NSDAP or the Nazi Party was a political party that was led to power in Germany by Adolf Hitler in 1933. ... 1933 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...

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The animal must be killed with respect by a shochet who has in mind the life of the animal as he draws the knife across its neck.
Pressing is accomplished when the ritual slaughterer, called a Shochet, pushes the knife into the animals throat, chops rather than slices, or positions the animal improperly so that either its head presses down on the blade as it expires or the shochet must push the knife into the throat against the force of gravity.
After the slaughter, the shochet must check the knife again in the same way to be certain the first inspection was properly done, and to ensure the blade was not damaged during shechita.
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