Friday, June 13, 2008

Israeli Rabbi Says Giraffe Meat, Milk Are Kosher

An Israeli rabbi has declared giraffe meat and milk to be kosher, although his pronouncement is unlikely to have observant Jews clamoring to consume the exotic products, a daily reported on Friday.

"The giraffe has all the signs of a ritually pure animal, and the milk forms curds, which strengthened that view," the mass-circulation Yediot Aharonot quoted Rabbi Shlomo Mahfoud as saying.

The rabbi based his ruling on a recent finding by researchers from Bar Ilan University who took a milk sample while treating a giraffe at Ramat Gan safari park near Tel Aviv.

Giraffe meat is also considered ritually pure because the animal has a cloven hoof and chews the cud.

Also giraffe milk forms curds as required under Jewish religious law

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