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Belgian region drafts legislation to ban Shechita
Belgian region drafts legislation to ban Shechita

Europe’s Jewish communities on Thursday slammed a proposal by the Belgian region of Flanders to ban the non-stunned slaughter of small animals, a move which would outlaw the provision of kosher meat produced in the country.

Under the draft law, animals like sheep and poultry would have to be stunned electrically before being killed. The move would ban Islamic halal and Jewish kosher slaughter for meat.

The Flemish Jewish community said it was studying the proposal and that stunned slaughter was not in line with Jewish religious law.

Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis, said: “We are deeply disappointed by the decision in the Flemish Parliament which ignores the needs and rights of religious communities as well as a significant body of scientific opinion. We are seeking urgent talks with the Flemish authorities and will work with the local Jewish community to reverse this decision as soon as possible.”

Belgium's Muslim community, too, spoke out against the plan, saying its religious council has previously expressed its opposition to stunned slaughter and there had been no change in its stance since then.

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Friday, March 31, 2017
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