A Belgium region has joined a growing number of places to ban un-stunned religious slaughter, however Jewish and Muslim groups say it violates EU law of freedom of religion.
The northern region of Flanders is the first in Belgium to implement the ban and will be followed by the southern region of Wallonia this September.
The European Jewish Congress was outraged by the ban saying that this is
‘the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights since Nazi occupation’.
Islamic halal and Jewish kosher rituals both require that butchers slaughter the animal by slitting its throat and draining the blood, under the new law animals will have to be stunned before being killed, there is a consensus among animal rights campaigners that this is a more humane way of killing the animals.
Both Belgium’s Muslim and Jewish communities have expressed their opposition to the law stating that the animal must be in ‘perfect health’ before being slaughtered.
In January 2018, several powerful religious
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