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Mitzvos (Commandments)

Kosher Food

Raising Non-Kosher Animals

Question: I have been interested in farming and I would like to raise animals for business purposes. Can I raise animals that I am restricted from eating according to the Torah?

Answer: Jewish law allows the raising of non-kosher animals that will be used for non-food purposes (like horses). If rabbits, as an example, are being raised for their fur or as pets, then a Jew could use them, however, if they are primarily going to be used for food, then even if the Jew doesn’t eat them, he may not raise them.

With Regards,
Rabbi Azriel Schreiber

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