Nigel Farage: ‘You have my word, UKIP will not oppose shechita’
6 March, 2015
The JN front page report on UKIP’s shechita vote
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has pledged to safeguard shechita, just weeks after his party voted to outlaw the practice.
Last month UKIP’s national executive committee voted to outlaw slaughter without pre-stunning, despite previous statements of support for the practises of Jews and Muslims by senior party figures.
But speaking on LBC on Friday morning in response to the concerns of a Jewish UKIP supporter named Ariel Cohen, Farage said: “One of our MEPs who is a farmer, went to visit a Jewish slaughterhouse to see how it was conducted and he said he was highly impressed with how all of this works.
“I have said, and I don’t break my promises, that I would defend the Jewish community’s right to use the shechita method, and I will do so.”
He added: “What happened [at the recent vote] was that in a wider debate about animal welfare and animal issues at a national executive meeting of UKIP, there was a majority in that room that agreed we should go down the route of pre-stunning. Animal issues are very emotive. But you absolutely have my word that we are not going to be banning the traditional shechita method.”[Farage makes it up on the hoof, just as he does with UKIP’s immigration policy. Why should anyone believe a word he says?]
Shneur Odze, the head of UKIP Friends of Israel and a candidate in last year’s European elections, told the Jewish News at the time he was “surprised and disappointed” by the national executive committee’s move.
Unlike UKIP, who have neither a manifesto nor a democratic constitution, Patria will keep its promise to ban ritual slaughter, on the grounds of animal welfare. Non-stun slaughter includes both shechita and halal methods of slaughter.
Farage and UKIP appear to say ‘These are our principles. But if you don’t like them we have others’.
UKIP is nowhere near the corridors of power and probably never will be, but already its leader is showing his willingness to betray the misplaced trust of its supporters. Like the commodities broker he once was and at at heart remains, ‘Jonah’ Farage cannot even wait till after election day to sell out.
Unlike UKIP, Patria has principles that are not for sale to the highest bidder. One of these principles is our commitment to the highest standards of animal welfare.
Don’t forget to turn off the lights when you leave the synagogue, Nigel.
Patria is the one and only party with both the courage and the intelligence to put our people first.
To save the country for your grandchildren: Vote Patria on 7 May!