MK Uri Maklev earlier this morning objected to new stringent regulations that would all but eliminate the possibility of carrying out the minhag of kaporos. The major problem with the regulations was the fact that shechita was prohibited outside of an authorized slaughterhouse.
The good news for those who take part in the annual minhag is the stringent regulations have been modified and while they still concern themselves with preventing the spread of disease and the welfare of the chickens, the prohibition of slaughtering chickens outside of a slaughter house has been lifted.
That said, inspectors will be out making certain that areas hosting kaporos are set up in line with regulations and that conditions meet standards for the welfare of all concerned. In addition, Minister of Agriculture inspectors inform the public at large that shechita performed outside of an authorized slaughterhouse presents a health hazard to the public.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)