A ruling from Poland's Constitutional Court effectively banning kosher and halal ritual slaughter came into effect in January this year. Aware that the government was planning legislation that would overturn the ban, the Jewish community in Krakow and elsewhere in Poland continued the practice on a small scale.
In July, the government-backed bill to re-legalise kosher and halal ritual slaughter was rejected by parliament. Now the Jewish community fear that ritual slaughter will be stopped completely.
Yitzchak Horowitz, who practises Jewish ritual slaughter in Krakow and owns the Olive Tree restaurant in Kazimierz, responded to parliament's decision, saying: "The slaughter for the benefit or the local community continues, however, if further steps aren't taken soon to overturn the decision to ban ritual slaughter, I'm afraid that this will be stopped soon as well."