Poland's Constitutional Court has postponed a verdict until 10 December on the legality of animal slaughter according to Jewish and Muslim cultures.

At the court hearing, Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich said that ritual slaughter has allowed Jews to obtain kosher meat for centuries.

"This is necessary for members of that faith to comply with the rules of nutrition as prescribed by Judaism," Schudrich said, adding that the butcher's knife used in the slaughter must be sharp enough to kill an animal with a single swipe to the throat.

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