Belgium just banned kosher and halal slaughter

| 08/05/2017 | 2 Replies

By Samuel Osborne, Independent – Please see amendment at the end of this article to information given.

Belgium’s Wallooon region has voted to ban kosher and halal meats by outlawing the slaughter of unstunned animals.

The environment committee of southern Belgium’s Walloon Parliament voted unanimously for the ban, which will take effect on 1 September, 2019.

Both Jewish kosher and Islamic halal rituals require the butcher to swiftly slaughter the animal by slitting its throat and draining its blood, a process condemned by animal rights campaigners, who argue it is more humane to stun animals before killing them.

Similar legislation has been proposed by the parliament in the northern Flemish region.

Belgium’s Wallooon region has voted to ban kosher and halal meats by outlawing the slaughter of unstunned animals.

The environment committee of southern Belgium’s Walloon Parliament voted unanimously for the ban, which will take effect on 1 September, 2019.

Both Jewish kosher and Islamic halal rituals require the butcher to swiftly slaughter the animal by slitting its throat and draining its blood, a process condemned by animal rights campaigners, who argue it is more humane to stun animals before killing them.

Similar legislation has been proposed by the parliament in the northern Flemish region.

The European Jewish Congress has strongly condemned the decision, calling it “scandalous”.

A ban on the slaughter of animals without stunning will come into effect in January 2019 in the Flemish region of Belgium, the De Morgen daily newspaper reports.

Belgium’s Muslim community said its religious council has previously expressed its opposition to stunned slaughter and there had been no change in its stance since then.

“Muslims are worried about whether they can eat halal food … in conformity with their religious rites and beliefs,” the Belgian Muslim Executive said.

Countries including Denmark, Switzerland and New Zealand already prohibit unstunned slaughter.

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CORRECTION FROM THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER:

A piece published on 8 May initially reported that the unstunned slaughter of animals had been outlawed in Wallonia and that kosher and halal meat had thus been banned as a consequence. In fact, while the Environment Committee of the Walloon Parliament has voted to prohibit unstunned slaughter (with a proposed start date for the ban of 1 September 2019), the plan has yet to be approved by Parliament in full plenary session. The proposal will be debated by Wallonia’s parliamentarians later this month.

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  1. Council for European Halal Consumers opposes the Belgium regional committee’s proposal to ban the non-stun for Halal meat
    CFEHC opposes the Belgium regional committee’s proposal to ban non-stun Halal meat as it will deprive Muslims to eat meat produced under humane prophetic method of slaughter.
    MB Legal advisers to the Council said this proposal is contrary to EU laws of religious freedom.
    M Saleem aka Mr Halal stated that Halal products including meat is important for sustaining European economy and attracting tourism. A ban of this kind promotes intolerance and discrimination on fabricated grounds.
    The European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor as called the decision as “scandalous” and asked the “legislators to step back from the brink of the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights in Belgium since the Nazi occupation of the country in WWII.”
    CFEHC stand in solidarity with our colleagues in EJC as we believe that this isn’t just an act on the Jewish community it also an attack and a threat to the Islamic community of Belgium.

  2. salama says:

    Please see correction to the 8th May article by the Independent on Belgium regional committee’s proposal to ban non-stun Halal meat at the end of the article.

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