New Slaughtering Rules Pit Dutch Religious Freedoms Against Animal Rights

Source: The New York Times

The Slagerij Marcus kosher butcher shop in Amsterdam. Jewish and Muslim groups have agreed to change ritual slaughter practices in the face of pressure from animal rights activists.CreditJasper Juinen for The New York Times

AMSTERDAM — For 60 years, the Sal Meyer deli in Amsterdam has been serving kosher foods like its signature pekelvlees, a fatty corned beef steeped in meat juices and served with a bun.

The deli is one of the few kosher restaurants left in Amsterdam, a city that once had such a vibrant Jewish community that it still retains the nickname Mokum, the Yiddish word for “safe haven.” People travel from miles away to meet their friends there, and the deli holds a small community together in a country where 80 percent of the Jewish population was killed during World War II.

“This is a very important place for the Jewish community, and the fact that we have the meat that is still approved by the rabbi is an important thing for our customers,” said Martijn Koppert, a co-owner of the restaurant. “It’s really part of the community life.”

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